Bayfield Burl Mirror

I have built several "Bayfield Burl Mirrors," employing various lumbers.  The constant elements (in terms of lumber) have included maple burl, harvested near Bayfield, Wisconsin, and ebony.  Moreover, all of the mirrors have thumbnail outer profiles on arced edges.

I have included a number of photos, showing elements of the construction process.

Early on in the process, I have glued and taped the burl and ebony to a plywood substrate, to provide stability in all directions

Early on in the process, I have glued and taped the burl and ebony to a plywood substrate, to provide stability in all directions

Here, one can see the outside edging of walnut and hard maple, glued and clamped to the burl/ebony interior.

Here, one can see the outside edging of walnut and hard maple, glued and clamped to the burl/ebony interior.

This image shows the back side of the frame, following glue-up.  There is an interior spline and an exposed ebony spline at each corner. 

This image shows the back side of the frame, following glue-up.  There is an interior spline and an exposed ebony spline at each corner. 

Following general shaping of the frame, sanding begins.

Following general shaping of the frame, sanding begins.

At this stage, the frame is nearly finished.  The outside edges have a thumbnail profile, followed by sanding up to 400 grit, followed by nine coats of tung oil.

At this stage, the frame is nearly finished.  The outside edges have a thumbnail profile, followed by sanding up to 400 grit, followed by nine coats of tung oil.