It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also.
I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know.
It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls. Burls are almost everywhere there are trees. I see them a lot of the times in cities where they have been damaged and contiually healed over. If you live close to BLM land you can get a permit to harvest. I dont harvest on BLM. I get my burls from people how are clearing land for building. You must get a note from the place of harvest for you to be legel (That is you need the Name, address, Phone # and Date). Sometimes the police will pull you over if they see it and you need documentation.
If you live in maple country, the maple burls like to grow in seasonal creek side or brooks. They like lots of water. So if you are walking thru the woods you need to keep an eye out for them.
They grow at the base of the tree like a big onion or up on the trunk. Don’t mistake a healed over broken branch as a burl. It will also look like a burl. However there is still good figure there.
Normally I have found that if you find one burl there are more. They seem to grow in pocket of the forest. I have found Pine burls, Maple burls, Madrone burls, Black walnut burls; English walnut burls oak burls, Manzanita burls and others I can’t remember. One thing though I live in burl country so I am blessed.
But even if you don’t live in a burl area, when you put an ad in the paper or Craig’s list, people have them in the form of tables or some other form. I bought a red wood burl table at a garage sale that was 6’ long and 24” wide by 3” for $75.00. So you don’t have to always find them in the forests.
I would be happen answer your question if you have any.
-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!