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03-19-2018 12:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lumber burl milling

I recently discovered this unique tree on some property my parents own. It appears to be a water oak from my guess. Can anyone tell me what might have caused this condition and if the tree would be worth milling? What would be the best way to have it cut?


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#1 posted 03-19-2018 01:21 PM

Not saying your tree will have the same inside as the one I found, but I would suggest you have it done by someone with a band saw type mill to make sure you save as much wood as you can. The one I did has some of the most fantastic looking burl wood I have ever seen. Not sure what got in the tree to cause that but mine had some pretty good sized “tunnels” from what appeared to be some kind of bug infestation. Some I was able to work around and some looked neat if filled with tinted epoxy.

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 03:19 PM



Can anyone tell me what might have caused this condition…?
- Austen

Not sure. But my Great Grandfather has a similar condition. Here’s a photo of him from behind in the shower that was surreptitiously snapped a few days ago. Hmmm…

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 08:48 PM

Oh, wow! That was a good laugh Ripper, I just might have to make that my profile picture.

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 08:52 PM

msinc, so that is oak? Have you made anything with it yet?

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 08:54 PM

Can anyone tell me what might have caused this condition…?
- Austen

Not sure. But my Great Grandfather has a similar condition. Here s a photo of him from behind in the shower that was surreptitiously snapped a few days ago. Hmmm…

- Ripper70

ROTFLMAO :P

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 10:07 PM

Yeah, like Great Gramps always said, “Gettin’ old ain’t for sissies!”

But seriously, if your tree yields anything like msinc’s, you’ve got a real find on your hands. Hell, you could cut up the waste scraps into pen blanks and sell them on eBay for a small fortune. And, if you don’t own a lathe, consider buying one. You’ll have plenty of bowl blanks to turn for the next couple of years.

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#7 posted 03-20-2018 02:27 AM


msinc, so that is oak? Have you made anything with it yet?

- Austen

Sorry for the delay…yes, believe it or not that is in fact red oak. It was taken from a large, probably 24” diameter burl ball that was way up in the tree. I saw it several years ago and at first thought it was a raccoon on the trunk. Kind of forgot about it and went back several months ago. The tree was dead, so I cut it down and a lot of the burl was no good. Must have died not long after I discovered it. Much of it was just gone with rot. I actually have not had a chance to make anything with it. I have three damascus knife blanks I need to complete. Been working on my new workshop and am just about done. I will post anything I do make with that wood. Wish I knew how to make duck calls….I have several pieces for knife scales and about 10 pieces 3” square by 10 inches long.
We have mostly wild black cherry around here that gets burls. I have a lot of that. There is a red maple on my land that has the entire trunk burled up like the OP’s photo. I am debating cutting that one down too, but don’t really know if red maple burl is any good.

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#8 posted 03-20-2018 02:34 AM



- msinc

It looks almost “corky” and fragile. Do you (or will you) need to stabilize that in any way before you work with it?

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#9 posted 03-20-2018 02:40 AM

- msinc

It looks almost “corky” and fragile. Do you (or will you) need to stabilize that in any way before you work with it?

- Ripper70

That is a good question. Actually I got lucky and the pieces I did get are good and solid. I left it go too long though and most of the big burl was really soft. I do know that a lot of guys who make game calls “stabilize” the wood they use. I am definitely no expert on burl wood, but much of it that is spalted too must be weak and soft because they stabilize all of that stuff, so they say. I was surprised to see the spalting, I had no idea that red oak could or would develop “spalt”, but I guess any wood can do it if the conditions are right? I tossed the rest of it that was soft…I am just not set up to stabilize. Maybe I need to get into that next!!!

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#10 posted 03-20-2018 02:46 AM

Here is a piece of the black cherry burl I have. There is no shortage of this around here. It’s funny though, must be a location thing. I have a cabin in the mountains of Virginia and there is also a lot of black cherry there…but, no burls that I have ever found. Here in southern Maryland I can pretty much walk out in the woods anywhere and find cherry burl as needed. This stuff is very hard and also very dense.

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#11 posted 03-21-2018 01:16 AM

That’s funny msinc. I also have a red maple with burl on it, just not to the extent of the oak. I am curious what it might look like as well.

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