burl wood identification

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Blog entry by dirkflournoy posted 05-01-2012 03:24 AM 4142 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, I have a big burl I’m about to cut down. I don’t know what kind of wood it is, or the best way to sell or cut down. Here are some pic’s of it. Does anyone have some advise.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 11:46 AM

I know people who can identify a tree by looking at the bark, I’m not one of them. I would advise a search online using the leaves as identification. I did a quick search and found a bunch of sights that might help.As far as selling it you might contact someone local with a portable saw mill and get a price on cutting it up. I cant believe there isn’t a bunch of local wood turners just drooling at that piece of wood when they drive by. I hope you will get someone to respond with more knowledge on this kind of thing. Good luck

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 11:49 AM

From the photos, it looks like maple. Your photos also show rot in the center of some of the limbs. Your valuable log could be just a shell around a rotten hole. Where are you located?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 02:44 PM

As large a piece as it is, it will probably be easiest cut up or slabbed right where it stands.

The longer the chainsaw blade the better, obviously.

I just learned a great tip, here at LJs, Props given to ‘junipercanyon’, on sharpening your chain to make the rip cuts. ( )

Sharpen or have your chain sharpened with zero to ten degree tooth angle, tried and confirmed by LJ member, TZH. ( )

He said it made a great difference when ripping with the grain.
Just an FYI.

Work Safely. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Don W

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 10:20 PM

I’ve run a bandsaw mill quit a bit. I wouldn’t worry about it if this is the only tree you plane to cut. You can buy the rip chains, they are the same price and you don’t need to resharpen them. The 0 degree will give a smoother rip cut.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 03:10 AM


You might contact Oregonburls on LumberJocks (Greg). He’s an absolute genius when it comes to burls and he’s always very helpful. He even has a phone number listed on his home page.

Best wishes with your burl. It causes some drooling. LOL


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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