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Stumbled across this today while looking for new climbing areas here in KY. I will just have to cross my fingers that this tree falls on its own because its in a National Forest and won’t be cut down anytime soon.

This is what a multiple thousand dollar burl looks like “in the wild”. Its about 5’ in diameter and 4’ tall.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#1 posted 09-25-2010 10:52 PM

Now that is a stressed-out tree… poor thing.

You might be able to register this as a pictoral/visual definition of “temptation,” at least, from a woodworker’s point-of-view?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 09-25-2010 10:59 PM

I bet it is not even close to a road or a place where someone could drive a truck to, or it would be gone already. I have come across this delema, I have seen nice looking burls on live trees out in the national forest but I don’t cut them. But I have been known to harvest burls out of already fallen trees, logging slash, and blow downs. (lodge pole pine burls)

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 11:01 PM

Sad story… four old maples were across the street. City came along and cut the trees down… saying they were a hazard… hauled them off in pieces. Each of the four had huge burls, about 3 foot tall and 4 foot in diameter, and evenly spherical. They did it the two days I wasn’t around. I tried to trace it down and found that it was already hauled off for firewood.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 11:39 PM

I just almost blew my drink out through my nose. That is amazing.

-- David from Indiana --

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 11:44 PM

There’s gold in them thar hills!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 11:58 PM

Wow, too bad we won’t be seeing anything made from it anytime soon.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 09-26-2010 12:26 AM

Hang a lightning rod from the highest branch. Wait for a storm and then go cut some wood. Problem solved.


-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#8 posted 09-26-2010 01:20 AM

A tree hernia ..

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#9 posted 09-26-2010 01:58 AM

You forgot to list the gps coordinates on it? :)

-- RStadler

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#10 posted 09-26-2010 03:28 AM

wow thats huge!!!
I thought LJer “oreganburl” showed us some huge burls.
sad about “dustyal” maples too.

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 03:29 AM

You forgot to list the gps coordinates on it? :)


LOL! :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#12 posted 09-26-2010 04:49 AM

wow. looks like it’s gonna burst.

-- Derek, Iowa

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#13 posted 09-26-2010 01:40 PM

Question! If you see one of these on a tree, not one that big of course, do you just cut it off? Does it hurt the tree to take it off? I live near a lot of woods so if I went out looking and saw one, what do you do?

-- curious woodworker

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#14 posted 09-26-2010 03:48 PM

That’s one awesome burl!!!

-- 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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#15 posted 09-26-2010 07:47 PM

Sorry this one is untouchable but if you’ve got some spare change maybe you can pick this one up on E-Bay.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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