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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 07-28-2009 10:05 PM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years, passing by the big maples on the corner near my house, I’ve been coveting the burls that grew on them. I even fantasized slipping over in the night with a bow saw.

This summer is the power utility’s time to cut back on everything that is near the power lines. They asked my neighbor if he wanted the trees cut back severely (which would have likely killed them) or would he like to have them cut them down entirely at the power company’s expense. Well these monsters were a hundred feet high if they were an inch, and being Norway Maples, they were greatly at risk anyway. So he jumped at the opportunity to get them taken down free. The job could have cost him ten thousand dollars or more because they had to be taken down by means of a great crane. Any other way would have been dangerous because of the nearness of high voltage power lines.

ANYWAY!
I had a little talk with the neighbor and he had no problem with me harvesting the burls. Yes, burls, plural. I’ve never seen such a proliferation of burls on trees standing next to one another. Three big maples, all with fine burls.

Today, we went over there and hacked and haggled until we were worn out, and I got about eight nice burls, but the prize was the one in this picture:

Yes, that’s a metal yard stick on top!
This thing weighs about a hundred pounds.
I have no idea, at this moment, what to do with the thing, but I couldn’t let him burn it in his stove!

d

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.



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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 10:09 PM

Your picture did not post…but what a find…and on your street no less. I am green with envy.lol

-- Don S.E. OK

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Karson

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 10:50 PM

The burls.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 11:25 PM

WOW!!!!!

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reggiek

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 11:32 PM

Nice…I’d say that is a score! They will take a while to dry out…and I would let them cure for a bit.

You will have a good time using them up I believe…..the turner in me is already reaching for a gouge…but a slab sawing would make some nice pieces….

You can tell a real LJ when he/she starts drooling at a tree with burls in it…

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 11:45 PM

never tried working with burls … bet it will be fun … great wood gloat

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

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 12:20 AM

I think there are a lot of envious LumberJocks drooling on their computers now!

didn’t someone just post a blog about having a burl professionally cut?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 12:37 AM

don is dancing with the burls tonight…..this would be real hard for me…having those things in storage to dry and wondering what is under the bark…...sleep good don…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 12:48 AM

I don’t have a lathe I could turn that burl on, but I’m thinking of what I can do with my Legacy Ornamental Mill!
Yes it will be awhile.
The smaller seven or eight burls I have will be ready sooner.
I understand another neighbor has a bandsaw mill, he could at least get me started with some flats. Right now its pretty ragged.

d

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Don Butler

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#9 posted 07-29-2009 12:54 AM

By the way, this photo shows why these big ol’ Norway maples are dangerous.

That split didn’t show on the outside.
I had a much smaller maple I cut down this year and it, too, had a dangerous split in it

d

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 01:44 AM

Nice find Don, I’m sure your not the only one who drives by trees with those big burls on them and dreams of cutting them off, well who ever said dreams don’t come true!

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

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#11 posted 07-29-2009 04:23 AM

Holy Smokes!!!!! I am jealous, those are awsome!!! Now all you have to do is put on your thinkin’ cap and decide what to make!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#12 posted 07-29-2009 04:25 AM

Big ? it’s gigantic great find

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Don K.

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#13 posted 07-29-2009 04:29 AM

WOW...when you first posted this…the pics did not show….Now I have to go dry off my laptop before it shorts out :(

-- Don S.E. OK

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#14 posted 07-29-2009 11:34 AM

I have to laugh about driving and checking out the trees. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost crashed the car looking at the roadside trees and deep into the woods while driving. I am thinking this may become a car insurance risk assessment question in the near future…..Are you a lumberjock, and boom, your rates go up. LOL

This burl is a beauty,

Lisa

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