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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 701 days ago 1671 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, This is a piece of a fir tree. You may or may not have seen anything like this before but it is fun to explore how this came to be. It may be obvious or not. I find these occasionally in the woods. So this is to test of logic.

I will not give you any more info but remember I work with burls at Oregon Burls. So you may have read my short article a little while ago on burling. However this is not a burl…

So How did this happen is my question to you. This is fun stuff!
Explanation to come at the end of the day or tomorrow more.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 701 days ago

Looks like someone either cut a tree down or a limb off and the bark grew over it, trying to heal the wound

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 701 days ago


-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#3 posted 701 days ago

Could be that someone nailed or screwed a board to the side of the tree (steps for treehouse) and the bark grew around and enfolded it?

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 701 days ago

It grew up against a wall?

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#5 posted 701 days ago

Looks to me like someone cut off the very top of the tree but left enough below for it to keep growing.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 701 days ago

One more piece of information. it is 36” diameter.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#7 posted 701 days ago

One tree gave another tree a big hug?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 701 days ago

That is a result of root grafting. When several trees of the same species grow together in a dense forest their roots commonly intertwine and actually graft, one to another. Then someone comes along and cuts down a tree and because the neighboring trees share the same root system the other trees try to heal the stump because they perceive as a wound. It is fairly common to see on DF.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 701 days ago

Yes. You are right bondogaposis and great explanation.! As well as others. Yes it is a healing. This one was logged and left as a stump about 40 years ago and started to heal over. I have found many of these in old logging areas. Some heal some rot. Thanks for all your input.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#10 posted 701 days ago

I must be totally ignorant. I don’t even see anything weird… I’m totally missing it

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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robert triplett

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#11 posted 698 days ago

Greg, more to my interest-WHAT can you do with it??

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#12 posted 698 days ago

dimensioned 2×10 had sex with a tree. I see it all the time here in WV:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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