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A Review of Maple Burls, Slabs, and Woodturning Blanks

By Guest Author On May 25, 2011 Under Improve Your Life, Success Secrets

In this article, I will review the varieties of maple available for use by woodworkers.

Knowing the type of wood to use, the effort and time spent creating wood bowls, plates, pens, etc. can be very rewarding. The markings on maple trees are often stunning and can serve as the basis for a variety of articles.

Species such as oak, with a hard, tight grain, can withstand great pressure, and are best selected for furniture projects, such as tables and chairs, while soft woods such as maple are easier to turn with a lathe and are thus more popular for smaller objects.

You should take into consideration which variety of tree is best suited for your particular craft, and the intended design that you are basing your creation on. Highly figured designs in the wood grain are extremely desirable, and add depth and color to wood objects.

A small or large sized block of wood, sometimes sanded, or sometimes turned rough, is called a “blank”, and is the start of a beautiful piece of art. If only a hobby, or a way of life for the woodworker, it’s beneficial to buy the blanks in larger quantities. Figured Pen blanks are used specifically for creating pens, where the wood is hollowed out with a lathe and replaced with the mechanics of a ballpoint or fountain pen.

Both men and women enjoy woodworking and turning maple blanks. However, safety is always first when working with the lathe, as injuries can occur all too easily. Of course, protective clothing and safety glasses is highly recommended. Burns on the hands can also happen accidentally due to the high rotations per minute, particular when caution is not being exercised

Maple is the most costly raw wood for woodturning projects. However, these types of wood, particularly in their erratic burl forms, can be used to produce artistic pieces of great quality. What may be seen as “defects” by many, a wood turner makes into beautiful works of art, and ones that are quite valuable.

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