When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! This burl exploded
while being turned. I got tired of trying to make chicken
salad out of chicken sh*t, so I decided that rather than repairing
it, I would make it look like something was growing out of it.
I am applying heavy coats of shellac, and then heating them with a
heat gun. This causes a mottling of the surface, and hopefully
it will look old when I am done.
When I can't see any other way to save a piece, I turn it into
The walls of this turning were pretty thick when it
exploded, so I had depth to do a little carving.
This is the frontal view. I carved some pods
similar to the natural ones that are glued into the top. I
also did a considerable amount of texturing. The non-show side
is finished with garnet shellac. I applied the shellac quite
thick, then heated it with a heat gun until it appeared to boil.
This gives the appearance of texturing, without all the work.