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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 09-29-2011 11:42 PM 1649 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Elizabeth

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09-29-2011 11:42 PM

(Edit – Original title was “Is this a good deal for maple burls?”)

No idea on dimensions (other than relative to the door) or drying, but someone locally has posted this ad:

“I have five large maple burls. Looking for about $20 a piece. Thanks.”

What do you think – worth a flutter at that price? Or will it depend on how and if they’ve been dried?


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pariswoodworking

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 11:56 PM

It sounds like a good deal. I don’t know much about drying burls but another LJ might,

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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Chris Camp

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 12:31 AM

Similar sized burls go for that much or more in stores and on ebay. I doubt you’ll find them for cheaper in any store or official woodseller. If you have somethign to do with them I’d say snatch ‘em up!

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Roper

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 12:45 AM

For 20 bucks a pop I would pick them up and then figure out what to make later.

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 01:04 AM

I’d like to see how much figure is in them and go from there.
Otherwise , the price sounds good to me.
They sell burl by the pound around here , so depending on how green it is , it can be pretty pricey : )

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pariswoodworking

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 01:05 AM

They would be good for scrollsawing and pen making. Unstabilized (which means that no resin has been injected into the wood to make it harder and easier to turn) Maple burl pen blanks (3/4” x 3/4” x 5”) usually go for about $2.50 each.

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thedude50

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 02:17 AM

if you get them ill buy them from you for 30 each serious offer ill have to have it freighted here

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reggiek

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 02:26 AM

depends on size, inclusions, cracks or any other imperfections. $20 a pop isn’t bad if they are fairly green, dont have alot of voids (open space) or any punk wood on them (burls sometimes get spalty as they oft times get overlooked by wood cutters (unless they know a good turner) and could sit on the ground for a while.

Based on the pics, which are a bit hard to see, I cannot tell whether they are sound or not. If all else fails though and they aren’t good for turning – they would make some nice pens or some nice vaneer – so you couldn’t lose by picking them up.

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grittyroots

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 02:50 AM

i just scored about 15 pieces of spalted maple burl on the side of the road. the smallest is bigger than a 5 gallon bucket. i coated the grain ends with anchor seal (sort of a wax paint) so they dry more evenly.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 03:00 AM

for 20 each I would take them all.

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pariswoodworking

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 03:11 AM

i just scored about 15 pieces of spalted maple burl on the side of the road. the smallest is bigger than a 5 gallon bucket. i coated the grain ends with anchor seal (sort of a wax paint) so they dry more evenly.

Sounds like a good score. Better be careful doing that though. In some states, that is a felony unless you have the land owner’s permission.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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Elizabeth

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#11 posted 09-30-2011 05:13 PM

Thanks guys! I’ve arranged to see the seller this afternoon and intend to buy them all.

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#12 posted 09-30-2011 06:00 PM

Atta girl !! : )

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thedude50

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#13 posted 09-30-2011 10:57 PM

liz can you sell me some please

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Elizabeth

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#14 posted 09-30-2011 10:59 PM

Thedude50, I think I want to see them myself before I think about selling them to anyone else, but I am inclined to keep them at the moment. If I change my mind I will let you know.

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grittyroots

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#15 posted 10-01-2011 04:09 AM

no mine are still in the backyard, just waiting for me to slow down enough to do something with them. Paris the owner helped me load them, but thanks for the info

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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