|Project by Hacksaw007||posted 01-03-2010 07:56 PM||1774 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I called this burl my turkey burl, due to a story about it. Many years ago I cut this first burl and was too lazy to peel the bark off of it right away. Those of you who look to get burls, this is my first rule, is to take the bark off as soon as possible. I left this one set for a year, and then remembered that it still had the bark on it. Taking the bark of of a burl that has set is many time harder than if you take off when green and wet. Opon taking off the bark I discovered that this first burl was now a hotel for termites or some type of grub or worm. It was loaded with many worms and holes in my wonderful burl. They were alive and well and still eating my wood. What to do? The wife wasn’t home so I put this burl in her largest turkey pan and put it into the oven at 300. You can see the trouble coming can’t you…. I got busy on the computer and forgot about it until the smoke alarm alerted me to a whole house full of smoke! My burl had heated up to smoking. The burl was way too hot to remove from the pan, so I left it in and took it outside to “smoke off”. Got some fans and tried to clean out the smoke from the house before my wife came home. BUSTED! You should have seen her face when I told her the story of my burl in her stove, and then when I told her that I was cooking off the “bugs” in it, in her clean pan. Well you can fill in the blanks! The burl when cooled had between 50 and 100 raisin looking dead worms in the bottom, and when I lifted up the burl and shook it, out came many, many more former tenants. DOA! The infestation was over, my turkey burl now had a lovely glazed color to it. I didn’t have the heart to cut him up so I just finished it with a few coats of sprayed laquer. Not sure what the wood was. The second burl show, I believe was off of a maple tree, and I did take the bark off when I was suppost to. Both burls are very heavy, and great to look at. Just didn’t have the heart to cut these two, they just look so good as is. The Turkey burl measures at 15 inches high, 19 long, and 13 deep, the second burl measures at: 17 inches wide, 13 deep, and 15 tall. both are solid medium sized burls. Hope you got a laugh about my cooking lesson! Thanks for reading.
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