These are two maple vurl bowls I’m working on. I don’t realoly know how to turn yet, so I start these with a chain saw and follow up with a grinder with a chain saw blade on it. As with all sharp tools, paying attention is the key to a long life and happy limbs!
Al Villadson and i were riding around his property looking for a suitable tree for a sculpture which is going in the county fairgrounds, when we spotted these 2 burls. One, the larger, was on a branch, which we needed to just cut off. The other was in the middle of a tree. I always hesitate to cut a healthy tree just because I want one of it’s parts, Al has no such qualms. “I’ve got a lot of trees—won’t even miss it.” And it was a young, thin tree.
The sculptural tree, a white pine, was a different story. At about 150′ tall and 3′ across at the base, this 80 year old tree had definitely been enjoying the view happily for some time. A; was nonplussed: “Won’t even miss it. Gives young trees a chance.” A quarter mile away, an eagle nestinging in a similar white pine, was casting nervous glances our way. A chain saw is just too fast for nature to understand. So it goes.