Several nights each week I can be found working in my garage making nice boards into unusable scraps. Occasionally, with a lot of help from glue and nails something takes shape. Along the way I snort and eat copious amounts of saw dust and get many cuts and scrapes. This isn't the case with Marthaller, his stuff is great. He starts with something ugly - a wood burl. If I were cutting down a tree burl would be the first piece into the fire pit. His burls are exceptionally ugly. If you're reading Duey - you heard me - you have ugly burls. They are covered with moss and bark and overall look as though they could use a bath. After Marthaller hacks the 60-pound chunk of ugly down to a manageable size he chucks it into his 800-pound lathe and starts it slowly.