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Forum topic by Nomad62 posted 06-03-2010 11:40 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2010 11:40 PM

I have my eyes on a big old douglas fir with a burl on it that is about 6’ tall, 3’ wide, and at least 3’ deep (can’t really measure, but it sticks out that far). Been chatting around, people seem to think it a waste of time due to the probably vast amounts of pitch it may hold; and that the pitch turns white and chrystalish with time, even under finishes. But dang, it calls to me. Is there a means of drawing the pitch out, or sealing it in?

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 12:02 AM

I would start at the beginning and think about what you would use it for. Unless it’s vertical grain fir it’s mostly used as a construction grade wood . So I would want to know what I was going to do with it before doing anything else.

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 12:29 AM

Not the tree, the burl…artistic stuff.

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 07:53 AM

Daaa sorry about that.

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 02:44 PM

You have to “set the pitch” with heat to turn it to a solid. 160 degrees for 24 hours in a kiln. More reading.

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 03:01 PM

Darin is dead on point.. got to set the pitch

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 06:45 PM

Thanx gents, if I can nab it I’ll do that.

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