Working with Burls #1: Aquisition

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Blog entry by JPNpro posted 11-27-2011 11:52 PM 1281 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently aquired a number of burls from a logger and now I need to process them. We unloaded his old Ford pickup the other morning and I was suprised to see how many burls could fit in the back of a pickup! As we unloaded he explained what species they were. I found a temporary spot to put the burls next to a pile of walnut logs. I didn’t want to expose the burls to any rain before I had a chance to take a better look at them.

My plan is to clean all the dirt off the burls first. Then I’ll take some pictures so I have a photographic inventory of what the burls look like before they are carved, sliced or turned into their final destiny. I probably should have taken a few pics of the unloading but I wasn’t really thinking about blogging on lumberjocks at the time.

It’s been a couple days now and the local forecast was for rain. So I talked my wife and kids into helping me transfer my burl pile to a spot that’s under cover. We all pitched in and carried the burls over to my lean-to. I think I’ll have the space to keep them behind the mill while I’m sawing lumber and working with them. Let me telll you, with 23 burls of all shapes and sizes I’ll have my work cut out for me for awhile. tbc….

1. Unload
2. Clean off
3. Photograph
4. Repile undercover


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#1 posted 11-28-2011 12:42 AM

Did they come sealed to prevent any splitting or cracking? I always try to write on the lumber what they are because I usually forget what they are by the time I get to work with the piece. Look forward to pictures.

-- Alan, Prince George

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