A good customer called me a few weeks ago and described to me a new board that he wanted. He first said he wanted a unique board for his food photography, a board that no one else had, something really special and beautiful. Bob has ordered several times from me, so I knew as he described the board he was passionate about his food photography and his cooking. Bob is a wonderful chef and he post his food photography on his Instagram page, That_Paleo_Guy
Before we hung up, my mission was to locate potential boards, take pictures and email to him. It wasn’t long before he had picked out the American Black Cherry Burl. This piece is a slab, live each with thick bark on all sides, which is exactly what Bob wanted.
After flattening and all the sanding, I applied half of the board with food grade mineral oil so that you could see the beautiful color transformation as the finish is applied.
The pictures I sent Bob was unfinished but you could tell that the Cherry Burl slab had really beautiful birds eye figuring with crazy grain and beautiful buttery colors. This board has more character than most pieces, it is absolutely beautiful!
The above shows the finish board after I removed it from the food grade mineral oil bath. Once dried I applied my Wood Conditioner.
The photo below was taken by Bob last week!!!
14 thoughts on “Black Cherry Burl Slab”
Now that is beautiful—and why do you tempt me like this Michael—if Bob has a one of a kind, you know I want that same one of a kind— 🙂
put me down for 1 please 🙂
Hi Julie!! This one is beautiful but I have access to another piece that is slightly larger. I will email you a few pictures and you let me know if you like it! Big Hugs! 🙂 🙂
that is a very beautiful piece of wood. You always do such a beautiful job. This one is certainly unique and special. Hope you and your wife have a lovely weekend!
Thank you Tricia! I hope you guys also have a wonderful weekend! My daughter is getting married in June and we are having her dress pictures made Saturday afternoon! Can’t wait to see her in the dress 🙂 🙂
As usual Michael awesome job! Have a great weekend!
thank you Mary Ann! I hope you had fun in Charleston! We love Charleston, it’s only about 3 hours from our home, enjoy your weekend 🙂
it’s a beauty.
Absolutely gorgeous! Where or,where do you always find such beautiful wood?!
Hi Gretchen!! I spend a good amount of time hunting for special pieces, usually when I find anything really unique I buy it for another day! Have a lovely weekend, don’t work too hard in the garden 🙂
It’s hard to beat the beauty of burl and that piece is out of this world! I see black cherry burls all the time but they’re always on private property.
I agree with that, cherry burl is very beautiful! thank you
I just got this in an email Michael and thought you might be interested in it: http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/go-figure-how-tree-burls-grow
thank you Allen!
That is beautiful – you do have a great talent!