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Burl Source
07-15-2011, 03:53 PM
I always feel like a kid at Christmas when UPS brings me packages of wood that come back from being stabilized at K&G.

Doesn't look like over 100lbs.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/k002.jpg

A quick peak inside.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/k003.jpg

I need a better look.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/k004.jpg

This should keep me busy sanding for a while.

apicius9
07-15-2011, 04:04 PM
Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I am a bit envious... ;)

Stefan

Burl Source
07-15-2011, 04:37 PM
I better get this stuff cleaned up and sold before my boss gets my AMEX bill.
140lbs of weird stuff.

mr drinky
07-15-2011, 07:45 PM
Wow, that's a lot of stuff. I am a bit envious... ;)

Stefan

Do I sense some academic tenure vs. wood angst?

k.

kalaeb
07-15-2011, 09:38 PM
Good luck keeping all those straight. I sense another sale comming after you burn through a few sanding belts.

goodchef1
07-15-2011, 09:47 PM
more giveaways? :D

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 12:48 PM
I have cleaned up all the blocks now.
Here is some of the curly redwood.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1001.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1002.jpg

Darkhoek
07-18-2011, 12:53 PM
Holy CRAP!!!

That is some of the most spectacular wood I have ever seen!
Get them out now! :)

DarkHOeK

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 01:49 PM
Here is some of the other stuff.
Blister Koa, Fiddleback Koa, Camphor Burl, Red Mallee, and Pheasant wood.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1015.jpg

Buckeye and Madrone Burl
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1014.jpg

Ash, Eucalyptus and Sheoak
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1011.jpg

Some Walnut
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1010.jpg

More Walnut
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1009.jpg

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 01:50 PM
Maple Burl
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1008.jpg

More Maple Burl
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1007.jpg

Some Curly Maple
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1006.jpg

oivind_dahle
07-18-2011, 01:52 PM
I would love to have the best Gidgee you got for my knives from Pierre! :)
Pierre: What do you say?

Post some picks BS!! :)

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 01:52 PM
Last but not least.
.....Lots of Redwood Burl
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1005.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1004.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1003.jpg

Now I have to get to work measuring, photographing and listing these in the webstore.
This should keep me busy for a couple days.

oivind_dahle
07-18-2011, 01:53 PM
God damn, that marple burl is awesome. I got a handle from your wood, and its awesome! .)

Darkhoek
07-18-2011, 02:59 PM
Gaaaaawd! You drive me straight into bankrupcy with this kind of stuff.

DarKHoek

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 07:28 PM
I just finished adding the curly redwood in the webstore (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Redwood-Curly-fdsh-Flamed/Categories).

Tomorrow I will work on listing the redwood burl.

Darkhoek
07-18-2011, 07:33 PM
I just finished adding the curly redwood in the webstore (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Redwood-Curly-fdsh-Flamed/Categories).

Tomorrow I will work on listing the redwood burl.

YeahIknow...
Got me a nice big block of that curly, shiny, beautiful stuff. :D Looking forward to the next listings.

Those spectacular Redwood and Maple burls are obviously gonna drive me to sell my car.

DarKHoeK

apicius9
07-18-2011, 07:57 PM
Showoff ;) I'm not even looking. Well, only a little bit. I think that quilted redwood might be my favorite. A few questions, if I may:

- How did that madrone burl come out. I understand it is very likely to twist and move - did that cause any issues with the stabilizing? I have a large block and have to decide how generously to cut it to account for warping etc.
- Your walnut looks great. I seem to have problems to get walnut burl to shine as much as yours, even stabilized pieces. Not sure why that is. Any recommendations on finishing?
- What do you put on them when you photograph them? Are they wet, laquered?

Thanks,

Stefan

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 08:48 PM
Stefan, you call me a show off like maybe it's a bad thing. :spiteful:
That is half of my fun since I don't get to keep this stuff. The other half of the fun is when I get to see photos of what people more talented than me make with it. When you get old you have to take your thrills where you find them.

The quilted looking redwood is some of the most metallic looking wood I have ever seen. It was some curly-ish redwood root that I cut flatsawn. That is why it looks sort of quilted. I didn't know how it was going to turn out. It almost doubled in weight after stabilizing.

With madrone burl there are 2 different successful ways to handle it.
1st way, forget about it for 10 years and then cut up what didn't crack up. (80-90% loss)
2nd way, what I did. I bought from a company that pressure cooks it and then dries it.
Otherwise madrone makes good firewood. We turn away people who bring in madrone stump burls. We buy the arial burls to carve bowls. We carve them green then let them take on a shape of their own and finish them after they are done moving and are dry.
When stabilized, madrone does not have a dramatic weight gain. Only about 25%, like Myrtlewood.
I tested it out by cutting some thin strips and left them in the sun. Didn't move or crack.

The walnut was some really good stuff. Otherwise I have a tough time photographing walnut to look as good as real life. Some of this was an old crotch piece but most of the curly stuff came from a stump burl between the areas with the eyes. Cut 1/4 sawn it looked curly, cut flat it looked like jeweled steel. In between (riftsawn) sometimes looked like tiger stripes.
That is why the figure stands out more than normal. The burl portion with the eyes doesn't flash as much as the other portions. I think it has to do with how much end grain exposed around the eyes. What I do is sand to 120 on the belt sander then 220 with a palm sander to remove the lines. Then I spray them with a single light coat of aerosol lacquer. (I am being lazy, otherwise I would need to sand to about 400 grit to show the potential)

The best finish I have seen with the dark figured woods (stabilized) is to fine sand to 1000+ grit, then a few light coats of tung or danish oil, followed by paste wax and hand buff. This way the figure stays 3 dimensional and alive (still moves and changes shape).
Power buffing with some woods will burnish the figure and make it stand out more, ....but it can kill the life in the chatoyance.
It all depends on what you want. Burnished can stand out across the room. Non burnished is more subtle but mesmerizing to look at close. (just my 2 cents worth)

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 09:09 PM
I forgot to post this photo.
Dot ebony, I thought it looks like fossil ivory, and some Afzelia Xylay aka Alligator Skin.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1012.jpg

apicius9
07-18-2011, 09:17 PM
Thanks Mark, very helpful. And I love the xylay, great pieces.

Burl Source
07-18-2011, 09:39 PM
Thanks Mark, very helpful. And I love the xylay, great pieces.

I had to buy the Xylay retail from you know who.
It was either that or spend $2000 to get a big batch from Laos.

apicius9
07-18-2011, 09:47 PM
I had to buy the Xylay retail from you know who.
It was either that or spend $2000 to get a big batch from Laos.

That's why it looked so familiar ;) I wish I had picked up a board while the prices were still reasonable...

Burl Source
07-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Today I listed a few dozen Blocks of Redwood and Maple Burl in the store.
I am going to call it a day and start on the walnut and others tomorrow.

mr drinky
07-19-2011, 11:28 PM
This redwood is pretty amazing.

http://store03.prostores.com/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/media/b/a2079181313f7201f7b6f9_m.jpg

k.

JohnnyChance
07-20-2011, 12:02 AM
Here is some of the curly redwood.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1002.jpg

Do you have the third piece in from the left on the bottom row still? If not, can I have the piece in the bottom row, all the way to the right? Thanks.

Burl Source
07-20-2011, 12:39 PM
The curly redwood has been listed in the webstore now.
This link will take you to the right section.
Stabilized Curly Redwood (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Redwood-Curly-fdsh-Flamed/Categories)

JohnnyChance
07-20-2011, 03:47 PM
The curly redwood has been listed in the webstore now.
This link will take you to the right section.
Stabilized Curly Redwood (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Redwood-Curly-fdsh-Flamed/Categories)

I saw them on the store, but I wasn't sure which ones were which. I thought I saw the one bottom right, but not the third one in from the left. Now they both appear to be gone. :(

kalaeb
07-20-2011, 03:52 PM
hehehe, I will sell it to you for 100.00. j/k I didnt buy it, but there are some awesome pieces on his website. You have to move pretty quick, I picked some out last night, then booted up my computer this morning to buy and they were gone. Oh well. I am sure I will find something else.

Burl Source
07-20-2011, 05:55 PM
I saw them on the store, but I wasn't sure which ones were which. I thought I saw the one bottom right, but not the third one in from the left. Now they both appear to be gone. :(

Sorry,
I have a hard time keeping track. That is why I do the selling through the webstore.
Keeps it dummy proof so I don't make dumb mistakes. Everything is automated so I print a packing list and pull the pieces it tells me to.
My boss says he might get a trained monkey to replace me if I don't watch out.

JohnnyChance
07-20-2011, 06:24 PM
It's okay. I still found a couple pieces I liked and ordered them before someone else did!

Burl Source
07-20-2011, 08:38 PM
2 dozen new blocks of stabilized walnut were added to the webstore today. Most pieces were cut oversized.
Use this link to visit the Stabilized Walnut Section of the store (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Walnut/Categories)

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1010.jpg
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/july/r1009.jpg (http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/76dstabilizedknifehandlewood/the-Blocks--dsh--Stabilized-Wood-cln-Walnut/Categories)