Proper care and feeding of Cherry Burl

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Forum topic by qmass posted 05-13-2010 02:52 AM 1105 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2010 02:52 AM

I was given some big chunks of Cherry Burl. They were sealed with Shellac? I guess?
I sliced off a couple of 4/4 pieces for some small mirrors and wanted to know what is the best way to perserve the burl I’m not using. Please excuse me If this has already been covered

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 09:34 PM

It mostly depends on what the burls current condition is. If it is air dried, then keep it under cover from rain and sun and you should be okay; inside a building is always nice. If it’s wet, I would wrap it in a blanket of sorts to allow it to dry slowly. I have heard conflicting debates on the “grain” characteristics of burl and the related cracking as they dry, but so far my maple burls are doing well. I have a weeping cherry stump that is hugely burled, haven’t sliced it up yet; I’m interested in what comments this thread will gather.

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 11:20 PM

Thanks for the reply Nomad62
The burls are dry and kept upstairs in the attic workspace. They came to me with some sort of coating on them. I think it was Shellac.

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