Burr cherry stump...

21 April 2015, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve just acquired this stump of a cherry tree, which was felled during some gardening works nearby. The outside has a very distinctive shape and looks very much like burr. I’d like to turn it into natural edge pieces, so that the organic shape can be retained – I just hope it looks good inside.

I’ve decided to cut it into four pieces, which will make best use of the available timber. As you can see there’s some beautiful colours in there and a selection of burry markings…


Band sawed up into four blanks. Three of these have a natural edge, the fourth will make a characterful bowl…


The largest piece mounted on the lathe. It’s not all that concentric, so I’ll have to take it slow…


The selection of blanks rough turned. I’ll keep these wrapped up during this warm weather in order to slow their drying…


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  1. Gravatar of Philippe
    Philippe28 April 2015 22:27

    Hi Jonathan!
    I've been reading you since a little while. Keep up the great work.
    These cherry roughouts will surely be great. You'll just have be patient while they dry.
    Just curious, in what do you wrap them up? I put my roughouts in a cardboard box with some shavings.
    Very nice turningshop and the vb makes me drool and dream!
    Nice Job

  2. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech29 April 2015 21:33

    Hi Philippe,
    I'm really pleased you are enjoying my blog - there's so much happening at the moment, I'm struggling to keep it updated!
    I've placed the cherry blanks in a plastic bag for now, but will remove them within a couple of weeks. They are very green, so any evaporation will likely cause cracking. They will soon go into a crate I have made, wrapped up in an old duvet. This is a method I've used for a few years and it seems to work fine.
    If you are ever up in Cumbria, you are welcome to have a go on the VB!

    Best wishes

  3. Gravatar of Chris
    Chris 7 May 2015 19:45

    Lucky you! Beautiful stuff, what an interesting grain pattern. Those natural edge pieces will be wonderful when finished. I hope you can keep the moss. The only piece of Cherry burr I've found was when I first started turning. The rough is still sitting on the shelf as I ponder how to salvage the mess of it I made of it. Please keep up the website and blog, I visit frequently for inspiration.

  4. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech8 May 2015 15:36

    Hi Chris,
    Thank you so much for your comments, I just hope the cherry doesn't crack! The weather has been quite warm here for a while, which is not ideal for freshly turned wood. I'll be cutting up a large piece of ash within the next week and will be sure to post some photo's. It has a natural fork and should have some interesting markings where both centers meet. I'm so pleased you find my work inspirational and I'll certainly be uploading more stories to the blog.
    All the best,

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