Logs to Lumber #4: Amazing Grained Oak Burl from Lake County, CA (NorCal)

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 05-30-2014 08:48 PM 2059 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The annual memorial day weekend trip took a last minute detour as some wildfires kept us from our scheduled camping trip, but instead we went to visit my best friends Grandma up in Lucerne, Lake County, California.

The surrounding hills are littered with various oak trees such as blue oak, internal live oak, valley oak, california scrub oak and several other oak species. One afternoon i went galavanting up into the hills with my bow saw and hand axe to quickly come upon a huge fallen oak tree. Much of the tree was rotted away, but the base of the trunk had a large burl attached, and after prodding it with my hatchet, found it to be still in prime shape.

I brought out the bow saw and went to work, but DAMN this was some hard wood, man! A large chunk that included the burl broke off after a bit of sawing and hacking, so I just took the whole piece. Thats a madrone log next to it which I brought back as well.

Here is a small sample piece of this burl, which had broken off. I sanded it up and put some BLO.
I was amazed at this grain! I can’t wait to make some pens and a bowl with this.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 09:14 PM

Woah, that grain is unreal.

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 09:23 PM

Ooh, that’s gonna be nice.

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 09:36 PM

Wow, that grain is wild n crazy. Interested to see pictures of a pen from this burl.

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 09:42 PM

Great stuff.

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 10:09 PM

So ugly, it’s beautiful. Great find.

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 10:30 PM

OHH MY!! I just heard Joe Cocker singing, “you are so beautiful……, can’t cha see eee eeeee” in my head as my eyes met that last pic.

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 10:34 PM

I have never seen that grain pattern before. Maybe it is worth learning the market value for it? Truly beautiful and unique. Great haul!

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 01:24 PM

Great find!

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 12:30 AM

That is a gorgeous burl! I have several big oaks with huge burls but still living so I’m waiting. Now if you can just get it dried without cracking/splitting.

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#11 posted 06-01-2014 02:18 AM

it is very dry considering – nearly dried i might venture

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#12 posted 06-01-2014 02:22 AM

Keep your fingers crossed! They can misbehave when sliced.

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