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01-14-2020 01:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: burl identification burl buyers burl wood

Im new to the burl movement, yet i found a burl tree on my propery. Ive already harvested it, and im not sure what to do, should i cut it into slices?, or boards, how much is it worth? Is anyone out there interested? I own a new company called Elementation’s, and im tempted to make tables out of it. Any ideas would be great!

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 03:53 AM

If there is a movement I too have missed the memo. It’s typically lovely looking wood but if there is a growing trend w/ it I haven’t seen it in my area.

Anyway, is the picture you posted of your piece, or just a reference? I think I’m seeing ambrosia but not a ton of burl figure- it could be my phone screen though.

What species and measurements? We’ll be able to give you better input w/ this info


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#2 posted 01-14-2020 04:14 AM

It doesn’t look like a burl to me.
Reminds me of star pine. Turners like making bowels from a particular type of pine thats called star pine.
I’ve never made one so don’t hold me to it.:)

-- Aj

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 04:21 AM

I wasn’t around for the burl movement in europe making kuuksa cups or however you spell it. That was hundreds of years before my time. I do like turning small things from stabilized chunks of burl.

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 05:02 AM

Wild looking, but I don’t think it’s Burl either. That appears in streaks which appear to be with the grain. Aj mentioned Star Pine, aka Norfolk Island pine. It comes anywhere from clear white blanks, to a variegated, splotchy, looking board. You won’t know until you slab that out, but I think it could be same, or similar.

When I think of Burl I think of a tornado shaped whorl of spinning grain on many trees, and eruption looking pattern on others, like lava flowing from a volcano. Usually it’s tighter than what yours looks like.

But that butt is a pretty one. I think I would talk to a Bucker if I owned it.

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 03:25 PM

wow that is amazing looking,but i agree with all thats not any burl ive ever seen.i think a turner could do some beautiful stuff with it.but yeah what is the size,diameter x length.

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#6 posted 01-14-2020 03:40 PM

Not a burl. You also need to seal it on both ends or it’s going to crack soon if it hasn’t already. It would help if you told us the species and showed other photos as well.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 01-14-2020 05:33 PM

Sorry guys, had a hard time figuring out how to post. This tree is a white oak, and has as far as i can tell over 15 burls through out its length. It says when i try to upload photos that i can only upload up to 5MB and my pics are 7 or 8…im working on a solution

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#8 posted 01-14-2020 05:36 PM

I had to cut it into 3 pieces, and the dimensions are:
25’Lx38”[email protected] and 26”Dia typical, the piece I first posted was not part of a burl it was just a slice of the regular tree, i have yet to cut the burl.

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#9 posted 01-14-2020 05:56 PM

Burl usually comes from a growth on the side of the tree trunk with no directional grain pattern. What you have here is a hard wood trunk that has various growth stresses and probably some early fungus discoloration. Very interesting, especially if you can get it to dry without serious cracking.

Have you tried slicing one of the pieces vertically to see what kind pattern you would get on a board? Otherwise I would cut the logs down the center and then cut sections of the two halves slightly longer than the diameter and treat the cut edges with a sealant and let it dry in a cool dry place for a year or more. Then it could be turned on a lathe. I suggest this method because trying to dry and turn a cross section on the end grain will very likely lead to some bad cracking.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-14-2020 07:57 PM

Les B… the 1st photo posted is the grain of a vertical sliced piece, the growths are exactly as you describe on the side of the tree trunk, over 15 maybe even 30 seperate growths.

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