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Burls #1: Burl the size of a car

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 01-14-2008 05:18 AM 3851 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Karson and I were talking on the phone the other night, the topic being burls.

He posted pictures of a burl someone left in his driveway. The conversation started with us discussing the best way to cut it to yield the best results. Unfortunately, I have very little knowledge in this area.

I do have a friend, Rick Hearne, of Hearne Hardwoods I intend to ask about this process, as I too have a bunch of Cherry burls waiting to be sliced.

I mentioned to Karson I saw a very large burl on a tree I pass on a regular basis. I hadn’t noticed it for at least a year of driving past it. Later I realized it covered with ivy all summer long, so it was pretty much hidden.

In the beginning of the winter I got to see it as I drove past, so I made a u turn and snapped few photos of it.
Now that it was winter, and all leaves were gone, I didn’t notice what kind of tree it was!

I went past it a couple days age and was able to determine it’s an oak, but I don’t know if it’s a red or white oak.

I’ll check next time I drive by. (I’m generally in a daze when I go past there apparently).

Enjoy;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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#1 posted 01-14-2008 05:44 AM

Holy Moly…that looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Watch out it doesn’t reach out and grab ya!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 06:10 AM

big one !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 06:12 AM

Now, that is a burl!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 06:18 AM

What do you mean you didn’t see that . It’s almost in the middle of the road. You must have found a supply of the good stuff in Philly.

Nice pictures Lee and You were able to find them. Thats also great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 06:47 AM

Looks like a property owner you should befriend, Lee. Otherwise when this tree goes it will likely be ground to mulch.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 06:59 AM

Whoa! When will you mill this? ha.

I’ve got one here in town that I mean to take a photo of too! Probably not quite that big – but big, nonetheless.

But – now that you have rights to the burl blog series, I’m just not sure where I’d post it…would you be willing to host it/post it? another ha.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 11:46 AM

Now that’s a burl!

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 01:26 PM

Holy cow!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 02:15 PM

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 02:23 PM

I have posted this picture here before. Here is a redbud log I gave a guy $20 gas money for. The tree itself was maybe 12”...but it was burl on top of burl. I’m 6’3” and couldn’t get my arms around the burls.

redbud burl

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 02:30 PM

Amazing growths on these trees.

I sat here for a minute trying to figure which one is bigger. (I guess it’s a male thing)

Initially I thought this one is bigger, but after looking at my pictures again and seeing the full sized Ford Bronco, looking rather small, I’m not sure. It’s hard to get a size perspective from my shots. Maybe I should measure it just for ha ha’s.

These pictures shows how they are harvested though, now how are they sliced?

Great shots!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 02:31 PM

Daren,

What is a “rebud” log?

Lee

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 03:01 PM

Redbud is a tree. Had one in our yard when I was a kid. That is one big burl, Lee. I have no idea how to do anything with one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 03:04 PM

Thanks Tom;

I guess the thing to do with these is stand back and say wow!

That’s my guess.

Have a good day.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#15 posted 01-14-2008 05:13 PM

Or….slice them up like Daren does! Check out this page of his ...not a burl but a walnut stump…pretty cool!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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