Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover
I lopped off this ugly lump of oak in my wood yard and didn’t think much of it. It was kind of round and had lots of warts on it. I slapped a plate on it, mounted it on my lathe and started to turn.
As it was getting balanced the beauty within started to reveal itself. White wood, black contrast, purple, even some red and bark inclusions. It was like the bowl made itself. I did not have a particular shape in mind I just figured I would see what was underneath the ugly exterior.
I have been working with burls for a long time and have supplied burls to many wood crafters, so I know burls... at least I thought. This piece could have ended up in the burn pile but the finished product speaks for itself, which goes to show you never judge a book by its cover! This ugly burl started off colorless and without order. It was chaotic. But when shaped, it revealed all its color and and beauty.