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Blog entry by BurlmanBegins posted 01-08-2014 04:58 PM 2588 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this tree in the woods of southeastern WI and have heard of this type of wood selling for a decent amount of money so I cut them off after getting permission from the owner of the property. 7 of the pieces came from that tree and 2 came from trees nearby. Does anyone on here have any referrals of potential buyers or suggestions on how/ where to sell it in the states closest to WI?

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 05:40 PM

I don’t have any connections for you but I would thing they will need to be dried before they could be used for anything. If you have an “Owl Hardwood Lumber” near you they might be able to direct you to someone.

Some of those look very nice! I don’t have a reference to figure out how large they are but the smaller ones will do for turning blocks. Larger ones are expensive and require a huge bandsaw to slice up.
A quick Google search might help you sell those.

Let me know if you have the ability to bring a smaller one south to Chicagoland. :)

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 07:38 AM

do you have a reference to figure out there size? I have several oak trees with the same kind of nodules growing on/ from them. Never raised my curiosity until now

-- Joe R

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 03:26 PM

Nice find! Here is what I would do. Well, I’d keep them for myself. That aside I highly recommend that you coat the cut surfaces in paraffin wax. I can see that one of the pieces has developed substantial cracking and that will only get worse if you don’t seal it. For turning, green wood is more desirable. If you are thinking to keep the burl whole you really need to seal the grain. If you want to slab the wood, then you will only need to seal the end grain… If you can find it :) I found a large cherry burl once. I slabbed it up because “I was going to use it for an awesome project!” It’s still waiting 5 years later for that project to come around. I should have left it in pieced big enough for turning…

One or two of the burls has very bad ring checking which will be frightfully dangerous if someone puts it on a lathe. That piece will fly apart eventually and could cause major damage. These would have to be cut up into pieces that removed any areas of ring checking.

As far as selling them, I would do two things. Post it on craigslist (I search frequently) and get in touch with the local wood turning club.

Good luck!


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