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Yellow birch burl bowl - Muskoka Life magazine, Muskoka, ON

Wednesday, October 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Yellow birch burl bowl - Muskoka Life magazine, Muskoka, ON


Looking at a bark-covered burl protruding from the side of a tree is rather like seeing an intact geode rock – neither one shows promise as a future work of art. However, applying a chainsaw to both changes that perception immediately.


Severing a geode rock reveals an inner wonderland of shimmering crystals or swirl-patterned agate. When sawed off a tree, a burl displays complex figuring of unique patterns and colours in the wood. Formed by a defect in a tree, a burl is a rounded, bark-covered outgrowth on the side of the trunk. Like a geode, a burl contains beauty waiting to be enhanced through the skills of an artist.


At Limberlost Woodturning studio, located north of Huntsville on Rebecca Lake, woodturner Brian Markham’s passion for his craft is indisputable. Woodturning is the art of producing crafted wooden pieces upon a rapidly spinning lathe. Markham’s workshop contains burl bowls, salad bowls, platters, candleholders and furniture created from fine woods like yellow birch, maple and black cherry. But burls, despite their ugly duckling nascence, are Markham’s favourite creative element. (10/28/2015)


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