Need Suggestions! Burl Pearls!

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Project by OregonBurls posted 08-09-2010 05:45 PM 1771 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I discovered these about 3 years ago! I call them Burl Pearls. Micro Burls! So what can we do with these things.
They range from 1/8” to 3” diameter. Now these are found inside the bark. They have broken away from the main burl part and started to grow in the bark. I have hundreds of these things. I find them when I presure wash the bark off of the burl.

So any Sugguestions?

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

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 06:01 PM

Put ‘em in a tumbler…......buff ‘em up…......clear finish…...drill a hole….....put a chain….... and make pendants out of ‘em

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 06:09 PM

What do they look like on the inside?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 06:13 PM

how do they look inside them
if they look pretty what about jewlry like

or what make

or other small gems like bottlestoppers if they are big enoff

best thoughts


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#4 posted 08-09-2010 06:23 PM

They are too small to have any grain definition. The ones in the pictures are about 1/4 – 1/2”

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

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 06:23 PM

i like nmkidd’s suggestion. these could be really cool looking pendants/necklaces. maybe even just a nice accessory to a keychain.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 06:36 PM

I can only generalize. Have you cut any of these open to see what type of patterns or color they are? I could see them used in some type of jewelry. They could be used for miniature carvings. They could be imbedded in wood to add something different to the look of a project. You could try tumbling them to see how they look when polished. Could they be arranged within a project to form a pattern? They could be added to a project as an adornment. Could they be used as knobs for the guitars? Hope this was helpful. I just saw the picture and these things just popped in my head.

Good luck,

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 06:42 PM

we have one of those bigger than your fist & don’t know what to do with it either. We were scared that there would not be any markings if we sanded it. We googled trying to find out what it was -so thanks for that! -it flew out of a root area during a stump grinding.

-- christine

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 07:37 PM

You could sell the bigger ones as unique cabinet knobs.

-- Tony -

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#9 posted 08-09-2010 08:11 PM

Drawer pulls and or feet for bandsaw boxes maybe.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#10 posted 08-09-2010 08:38 PM

Sand em flat and make a mini mozaic?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 08-09-2010 08:45 PM

all great suggestions! Thanks

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

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 10:14 PM

Let us know what you do with them.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#13 posted 08-09-2010 10:56 PM

Well you got me! I normally work with small items, But I don`t know.
Good luck!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#14 posted 08-09-2010 11:23 PM

I’d sauté them in some butter with garlic and shallots. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 12:39 AM


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

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