Turning is tricky - you must control the tool or the grain can grab it and quickly take it out of your hands. How the wood is placed in the lathe determines the grain of the wood and the direction it is turned. Burls offer another dimention of turning. There are many voids and rotted areas in a burl. The pressure you place on these locations is different from the rest if you plan on preserving it.
Jerry observes the piece as he turns - but more importantly - he listens to the wood as he turns. Turn up your volume as you watch this video. You will hear the stilted sounds of wood carving as the tool passes over the voids. Listen to how the sound changes. The sound is a great indicator as to the fragile nature of the burl. Jerry stops the turning to inspect the piece as he notices changes in the sound.
The tool is switched out and Jerry adds a light to the end so you can see inside the piece with more clarity. The wood chips coming off the tool look like fire as they fly into the air.
The neck of this piece was determined to be too small for the tool and Jerry cut the top off. That is how we got the beautiful Cherry Burl Brandy Glass as shown here. Enjoy the journey of this piece.