Manzanita root burl is one of the most beautiful woods I work with. I love the organic nature of the pieces that are produced. It is the most difficult wood I fabricate as it contains rocks,sand, dirt, void and sometimes bugs which quickly dulls cutting tools. The battle to tame aManzanita Bowl Manzanita Bowl is long, but the final results are well worth it. Wood doesn’t get much prettier than this. Each piece is a struggle and I swear I will not work with this wood again. But when complete I can see the beauty of the wood. There is no question that I will do more with this wood.
I am able to purchase this exotic wood from a licensed logger in California who harvests after a fire has destroyed the tree. It is a protected species as it should be. Approximate 7 inches in diameter.
The Manzanita Bowl piece shown here in known as a Hollow Form. The opening is smaller than the body. It takes days of practice to develop the skill set to produce a successful hollow form. The artist cannot see the wood he is peeling away from inside the form to produce an even wall thickness. Calipers and the sound of the spinning wood are the best clues if things are going well. This concept was developed by David Ellsworth in the early 1970’s. It had a profound effect on woodturning which at the time was exclusively used to make utilitarian items. This method created the art movement in woodturning. Here is more information about David https://ellsworthstudios.com/
Here is another example of a Hollow Form https://www.aaturning.com/2016/09/28/ambrosia-hollow-form/
I produce all of my items in Montvale, New Jersey, USA