Maple Burl Vase (501), $775

16 3/4" tall, 8 1/4" wide (4 3/4" at the base), 3/8" thickness, weight 2 lb 15 oz.
This piece was created from a large piece of the most beautifully figured maple that I have had the pleasure to work with.  Rough turned, it was not much to look at and sat drying in a corner of my shop for many years.  It was only upon final turning that I discovered what an incredible piece this was.  The interior is painted a flat black to accentuate the natural voids.  The base also has a black disc to tie it back to the interior.  The exterior is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, buffed to a satin semi-gloss.

Myrtle Burl Vase (540), $775

18" tall, 9" wide (5" at the base), 6 3/4" opening, 1/4" thickness, weight 3 lb 1 oz.
This piece was created from a large piece of highly figured Myrtle.  It was rough turned dried for a number of years before being turned to its final 1/4" wall thickness.  This is the largest vase I have turned to date and presented some real challenges, both due to its initial weight and the depth of hollowing.  The interior is left rough turned to contrast with the silky smooth exterior, which is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, buffed to a satin sheen.

Myrtle Burl Vase (502), $375

13" tall, 7" wide (4" at the base), 5 3/4" opening, 1/4" thickness, weight 1 lb 12 oz.
This piece was created from a large piece of highly figured Myrtle, and came from the same tree as vase 540.  It was rough turned dried for a number of years before being turned to its final 1/4" wall thickness.  The interior is left rough turned to contrast with the silky smooth exterior, which is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, buffed to a satin sheen.

Elm Burl Vase (503), $425

13 1/2" tall, 10 1/2" wide (5" at the base), 9/16" thickness, weight 2 lb 13 oz.
This piece was created from a dead street tree that was cut down in the northwest part of Denver.  It was dead and dry enough to allow me to turn it to its final wall thickness from the start.  The challenging part on this one was that half of the wood was hard burl, and half was soft as cork.  Add in all the natural voids and large size and this was serious turning experience.  And, just to make things even more interesting, since I knew it was a beautiful piece of wood and didn't want to waste much, I cored out the interior and was able to make another small vase (505).  The exterior is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, hand buffed to a dull sheen.

Elm Burl Vase (505), $95

6" tall, 6 3/4" wide (2 1/4" at the base), 1/4" thickness, weight 6.4 oz.
This piece was created from a dead street tree that was cut down in the northwest part of Denver.  It was made from the cored interior of vase 503.  The exterior is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, hand buffed to a dull sheen.

Elm Burl Vase (504), $95

5 1/2" tall, 5 3/4" wide (2 3/8" at the base), 1/8" thickness, weight 4.2 oz.
This piece was created from a another dead street tree that was cut down in the northwest part of Denver.  The exterior is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, hand buffed to a dull sheen.

Eucalyptus Burl Vase (522), $95

3 3/4" tall, 3 1/2" wide (2" at the base), 1 3/8" opening, 1/6" thickness, weight 1 oz.
This is a beautiful little piece of Eucalyptus burl from Austraalia.  The exterior is finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, hand buffed to a dull sheen.

Tamarix Burl Vase (524), $50

3 1/4" tall, 5 1/4" wide (1 1/2" at the base), 1/8" thickness, weight 2.2 oz.
This piece was created from a Tamarix burl.  This invasive wood grows rampant along the streams of southern Utah and western Colorado.  While it is a nightmare for landowners and the BLM, the beautiful figure makes it a joy to work with.  Finished with a wipe-on polyurethane, buffed to a dull sheen.