While doing some plumbing work at a house near me I noticed the gardeners next door were felling a dead live oak. The tree was totally dried out, they cut off the crown and pulled the trunk and the roots out with a truck.This seemed like a great opportunity to get some free wood! The trunk was straight and without knots, it was in a track neighborhood in Irvine CA so I figured it had to have come from a nursery. It also had a thick, massive root burl.
Long story short: I have a 5 foot tree trunk and a huge root burl that I only have a vague idea of how to approach. I was thinking about chain sawing it into boards, or maybe finally use my father in laws lathe and learn how to turn bowls. The best option would be to use the trunk for making a shaker style table. I am really excited about figuring out what to to with the root, some bowls may be in order.
There was a bunch of white fungusy looking stuff in the ground around the tree. I am pretty sure they over watered the tree and it died from a fungal infection, probably anthracnose. It was with tropical plants that no doubt needed to be watered every day. I think I can see some spalting patterns in the root, should I do nothing or soak the wood with fungicide?
I also have a liquid amber trunk that i need to do something with.