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500 views • June 12, 2020

Woodturning: The Burl of Insanity!

Adamsen Woodcraft
Thank you all so much for watching! This piece of Chechen Burl was given to me by one of my viewers, John Miller, a retired professional woodturner who now works by commission doing custom woodturnings. Huge "THANK YOU!" to John for sending over such a beautiful piece! This is my 24th filmed project, and in my efforts to do justice to this amazing piece of burl, I promptly made the project ten times more difficult than it could have been by taking the wrong first pass with the bowl gouge. That meant I lost some of the natural edge that I intended to keep, which also meant I was forced to undercut the rim in order to save the natural edge. By the way, don't sand with two fingers against the spin of the lathe. It's not smart, and I ended up nearly spraining my fingers after catching the sand paper on the piece. Anyway, black palm is not wood. It is insanely brittle and aggressively unpleasant stuff to turn. Actually, palm is not even technically wood. It is a non-homogenous monocot, similar to grass and held together by what is called "parenchyma". The eagle-eyed may have noticed that the splinters coming off the black palm were almost like needles and just as hard and sharp. But all that work and headache is an afterthought when finishing. Cheers to all! Let me know what you think! If you're new to the channel, please consider subscribing! Also, please like the video and comment, letting me know how I'm doing and what you'd like me to make next. Getting your feedback really helps to promote my videos and channel, and I always love reading and responding! Get 15% off at Starbond with the promo code ADAMSEN15: has generously provided a 15% discount (not combinable with other offers) if you use code "YT-DAVID". Use that code and it will help me out too! If you're interested in my other projects, check out my Etsy shop: All of the music used in this video came from: Thanks again! Cheers! Products I use: Pyrography Pen: Carter & Son 5/8" Bowl Gouge: Crown Diamond Parting Tool: Tormek T-8 Sharpener with Woodturners Accessories: Five minute epoxy: My Camera:
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