The infamous maple

Happy New Year! I know it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy making Christmas ornaments and gifts. I’ll try to post more often in the next few months.

A couple of years ago, a friend of one of my buddies in my woodturning club had to cut down a huge maple tree. He offered us the wood, and several of us jumped on it. That enormous tree yielded some of the nicest wood with the biggest variety of grain patterns I’ve ever worked with. I’ve made quite a few projects from it, and so have others in the club. It’s been made into bowls and boxes and platters and even chairs. Here are just a few of the projects I’ve turned from the “infamous” maple tree:

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This is the largest vessel I’ve turned. It stands 12 1/4 inches tall, is 10 1/4 inches wide,and would look good filled with dried grass or cat tails. It is priced at $495.

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This vessel is 5 1/4 inches tall and 6 inches wide. It is priced at $245.

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This crotch-wood bowl is 7  inches across, 1 3/4 inches deep — a good size for candy, a dresser bowl, as a desk accessory or just a decorative piece. It sells for $70.

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One of the smaller projects I made  from “the tree,” (the smallest would be a pair of earrings I made for my daughter), this Christmas ornament with a pecan top finial is approximately 4 inches tall, and sells for $50.

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A 7 1/2 inch tall hollow form, this vessel sells for $175.

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One of my favorite pieces, this vessel stands 10 1/2 inches tall. It has been sold.

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Large fruit bowl, 11 inches wide. This one is sold.

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Turkey call (slate over glass) and striker. $65 for set.

This is by no means everything I’ve made from what my turning buddies and I refer to as “the infamous maple.” I’ve turned pens, duck calls, jewelry, more ornaments and bowls and vessels. Browse through my pages and you’ll find several maple items, many of them from the same tree. Any time someone calls me and says they’re having to take down a tree — maple, cherry, Bradford pear, pecan, walnut, or just about any other kind of wood — I’m there. I never know how many different types of projects I’ll have as a result.

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