OK so no mystery about what we have here, we has a red oak 80” in circumference
4' from soil which puts it at about 25+ " in diameter. and it is scabby with surface burl. It is what we refer to here abouts as a skanky sand oak. It has a small lanceolate leaf like it's cousin the live oak. I have seen this kind of surface scabbing before but I have never had the opportunity to see what is underneath till now. The tree was hit by lightning earlier this summer and it's crown was blown off at about the 30' height. My concern is that my neighbor could be correct that these are more than surface blemishes and the figure of the wood underneath the scale is highly affected by the critters than made it react in such a weird way to begin with. Now if I plan on collecting bowl blanks, I have no problem, but if I want to cut it into 8 ft. lengths and take it to a band saw mill to be sliced up (flat, Rift, or Quartered) I would like to know a little ahead of time so I could figure out the best approach. The band saw mill trip requires the rental of a trailer and $$ invested. If I take it to the mill and find it is rather ordinary red oak lumber I'll not be happy about the investment made. If on the other hand it is highly figured, It would have been a good trip. My question is: has anyone out there had experience with this situation ? Does anyone have any idea as to what would be the best approach ? Have you seen this type scale/burl before and cut into it ? It isn't like it is going anywhere because it's just a few feet away from my driveway and is stable. And besides I have my "friends" keeping an eye on it for me. Their den is less than 30yards away ! This may not seem like a big deal to some but that could be material for an awful lot of projects for years to come out there, and I should probably take it down before it begins to deteriorate from exposure after the lightning strike. I plan on waiting till mid December when the "sap is down" to drop it. Let me know what you folks think about this ! Thanks don.s Havana Florida , porchfish porchfish studio.
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