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Manzanita is a very hard and durable wood. Bark edges are kept for their rich contrast. Manzanita also has a great tendency to warp, crack and twist both as it grows and as it dries, thus adding to the character and interest of this unique piece when it was finished. The Manzanita burls I harvest come from land cleared for development near Mt. Lassen. After bringing the burls home the work starts! It is a laborious, exhausting and dirty job removing the rocks and dirt from all the cracks and openings. As you would expect the rocks trapped inside the burl will be discovered by my turner’s gouge. Then I stop, chip out the rock, sharpen the gouge, and then continue turning.

A well known characteristic of Manzanita is checking, which is cracking in the wood whether green or as it dries. Another characteristic are voids in the wood, from rocks, dirt or irregular growth. This is not a concern as checking and voids are elements that add appeal to the finished piece. However, checking and voids can be a problem when turning in that there is not enough solid wood to support the piece and it may fly apart under the centrifugal force of turning.

This turned burl is finished with Deft Danish Oil which is a penetrating tung oil urethane. Its translucent formula brings out the natural beauty of wood, and does not mask the wood grain. There are 8 to 10 hand-rubbed coats of finish on this piece, these coats will provide more protection and enhance the colors of Manzanita. This finish is food safe.

Size: 6.5 x 4.7
# 784 Wood Identified, Signed and Dated by the Artist

Manzanita wood (Arctostaphylos) grows from Southern California up to Washington State. It is a shrub growing up to 20 feet with twisting branches. With decumbent branches forming roots that may break away from the mother plant, it is these decumbent branches that form a burl just below ground level. Manzanita burls are a product of elevations between 1500 – 2500 feet, with cold winters and hot summers. These conditions assure a slower growth rate, which in turn produces a more uniformed burl. Burls display unique grain patterns and vibrant spectrums of color.

Manzanita Burl Lathed Turn Bowl

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