Is this tree entirely burl?

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Forum topic by TommyL posted 03-14-2017 12:34 AM 728 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2017 12:34 AM

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My first post, apologies if its in the wrong place.
I recently discovbered I have a large tree on my property thats deformed. Looks like its all burl? It has new growth coming from the gnarly parts all the way up the trunk. Its my understanding that when trees sprout all new growth like that its already lost its fight for survival. As Im a woodworker Im thinking of harvesting this tree, but only if its going to be highly figured wood as it will be a truly difficult task to haul back to the workshop… Can anyone tell from the exterior if its going to be the case?
(I have more photos from other sides also if it helps).
Many thanks for any help,

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 05:39 PM

Looks like you have yourself some gnarly wood going on there. Cut that one limb close to the trunk and see whats going on. Or cut a section down by the root.

-- mrg

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 06:07 PM

It is likely to be highly figured, although it may have interior rot.

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 06:08 PM

Is it boxelder?

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 06:35 PM

Its maple I think, not sure what kind. We have mostly maple, some oak and a decimated population of ash. Very sad about that.
To fell it wont bee too hard, I’ll have to recruit a horse team to pull it out though!

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 06:35 PM

Swamp cedar?

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 02:11 PM

Looks like you have a winner! Please keep us posted of what you find inside! I’m waiting to see!!!

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 03:02 PM

I look for burls all the time and can tell you that it will have a lot of wild going on in there. I only cut what has been cut already and discarded as junk wood. Most people don’t know the beauty in it. Since it’s your tree I would cut a sample piece to revel whats inside and go from there. I just posted a bowl I made from burl and the results were amazing. Too good to pass up, go for it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 03:04 PM

I got a Maple like that once. 3 feet OD and 12 feet tall. Burl all the way up and around….... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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