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11-10-2010 03:18 PM

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The photo shows a piece of cherry with a weird looking grain. I have several pieces of this and am using it for a small table top. My best guess is that there are small burls inclusions in the cherry. The figure goes all the way through the board.

Does anyone know for sure what this is and what caused it?

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 03:50 PM

I can honestly say I don’t know. I also can honestly say I cant wait to see what it looks like finished out… very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 04:13 PM

its called wood, a natural product with a multitude of variations ;-) thats some beautiful grain you got there – real unique stuff!

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 04:45 PM

I’ve seen it in some maple I have also. I’ve got a piece with angel-step figure and a big patch of intense burl that runs through it, very similar to your piece. There must have been burls growing with the tree from early on in its development. That’s the only way I can think of for explaining burl that runs through a piece of heartwood in the tree. I look forward to seeing your finished project.

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 05:30 PM

I have run into pieces like this, don’t know what causes it, but it can be pretty. When I use a board like this, I try to center the wierd pattern to give balance to the box or chest, and if it is a large area of wierd grain, I may use it as a box top.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 07:53 PM

Yep, they are burls. I blogged milling an elm crotch with burls. You can see the same thing in some of my pictures.

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 02:18 PM

I just resawed a piece of cherry yesterday and found the same thing. Four or five of these clusters over an eight inch area. The rest of the cherry is just really curly.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 03:59 PM

Its burl. The causation is speculated to be a virus process that causes the burl morphology.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 08:20 PM

Hooray for sick trees!!

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 08:45 PM

looks like what we call a “sprout knot”, see it in cherry sometimes, was told by a professional logger its where the tree grows little sprouts , but never quite forms a knot, seems logical.. but they are neat…

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 02:05 AM

Patttern looks exactly like a fungus that grows on fruit trees. Usually caused by lack of light (shade) or air citculation. There is no known cure for it. Usually weakens the trree and slows fruit production.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 02:07 AM

CharlesNeil You are 100% correct and no one knows why but mother nature. Speculations: Forms in Indian summer, Soil PH loss, heavy rainy seasons.

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 04:02 PM

Beautiful wood. Good luck on the use of it.

It will be a stunner.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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