Burl? Worth anything?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Phyll posted 11-10-2009 11:21 PM 15309 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

11-10-2009 11:21 PM

I found this burl a while back. I was wondering if it might be worth anything and how much it might be worth? Any ideas? It is only about the size of a football. It will take a lot of driving and hiking to find it again so I’m wondering if I should even look.

Thanks for the help!


20 replies so far

View interpim's profile


1158 posts in 2876 days

#1 posted 11-10-2009 11:23 PM

Wow that’s pretty

-- San Diego, CA

View mmh's profile


3664 posts in 3140 days

#2 posted 11-10-2009 11:28 PM

Any idea of what type of wood it is? How hard and dense is it? It’s pretty neat “as is”. You could sand it down a bit and give it a protective coating of tung/poly to enhance the grain and colors.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

View yarydoc's profile


417 posts in 2562 days

#3 posted 11-10-2009 11:34 PM

It would make some nice pen or stopper blanks. How heavy was it? I probably would have brought it out when I found it.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

#4 posted 11-10-2009 11:40 PM

Not exactly sure what type of wood it is probably either hemlock, sugar maple, or yellow birch. It was found at a high elevation 4000-5000ft above sea level about 20 miles outside of the Great Smokey National Forest in North Carolina.

I was in the middle of a long distance hike and didn’t want to carry the extra weight for days even though I probably should have :)

View cabinetmaster's profile


10874 posts in 2976 days

#5 posted 11-10-2009 11:56 PM

Man I wish I had that. That is beautuiful burl. Maybe you ought to let me know where it is and I’ll go get it…...........LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

#6 posted 11-11-2009 12:02 AM

hahaha, I’m planning on trying to find it once I have a day free. Just hope it is still there.

View tbone's profile


273 posts in 3102 days

#7 posted 11-11-2009 12:11 AM

It is beautiful, but I’d steer clear of the Park Rangers if I were you.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

#8 posted 11-11-2009 12:56 AM

thanks tbone will do.

View a1Jim's profile


115167 posts in 2995 days

#9 posted 11-11-2009 01:01 AM

Phyll ask Greg thats his business

-- Custom furniture

View OregonBurls's profile


579 posts in 2566 days

#10 posted 11-11-2009 03:32 AM

I have had something similar to this if it is not the same thing. It is Fir. I have harvested burls like that in the woods. I have found them where the fir tree was harvested 30 – 40 years ago and the stump healed over. It gets the swirls like you are seeing in the pics. That would be my guess. Sand it and see if it smells like a pine or fir. Mine didnt have the worn growth lines though.

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

View RetiredCoastie's profile


999 posts in 2600 days

#11 posted 11-11-2009 04:18 AM

It’s not worth anything, send it to me and I’ll dispose of it for you…...That is some very pretty wood!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

#12 posted 11-11-2009 04:56 AM

that’s what she said :o

View Phyll's profile


8 posts in 2537 days

#13 posted 11-11-2009 04:57 AM

Thanks Oregon :D

View Mark's profile


1801 posts in 2691 days

#14 posted 11-11-2009 05:19 AM

hell if i knew how to carve bowls on a lathe (i just dont have a lathe) I would probably do so

-- M.K.

View grizzman's profile


7780 posts in 2721 days

#15 posted 11-11-2009 05:35 AM

just as a thing to ponder…..if you get caught takeing that from a national forest without a permit… might just be the most expensive piece of wood you ever bought…..just putting it out there…....good luck

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

showing 1 through 15 of 20 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics