|Forum topic by that1wood||posted 03-08-2012 04:43 AM||3370 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
03-08-2012 04:43 AM
I found two kind of burls on trees within my property. the first are from a weird vine-type tree that grow everywhere around southeastern WI. I saw them getting the mail the other day and cut them off. Onne is sort of a wedge shape about 5”x5”x4” from washed out root ares of the tree, the other is a cluster wart that was growing off the side of a tree measuring a 5” diameter and 3 inches deep. It sort of resembles a brain to me haha.
But those I would use for smaller pieces. I’m more interested in the larger one I found. I believe it is from a White Oak tree. I noticed it around the first crotch in the tree, growing about 8 feet off the ground on the side of the limb like a wart. It looked like a barked up basketball oozing sap and cover in red and orange splotches of powder(I think fungus) that the tree starting making. So I cut it off almost flush with the tree. I know it probably went into the wood further, but I was just so excited to find one and harvest it!
Every burl is different and has its own unique beauty given to it by God. But now that I have cut it I really have no idea what to do with it! I read about either letting it dry for a number of years and then cutting, or cutting it in pieces and waxing them or just turning a bowl out of it, waxing and it will dry eventually. All methods involve waxing exposed grain. But I still wonder what I can do with this particular piece if anyone can shed some more light about cutting it. I mainly make small projects but I want to make larger bowls and platters, small table tops and other various things. I know some of you work with burl you harvest yourselves. If you could give me some advice I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks for looking!
P.S.- The last pic is a close up of the face and I noticed the rings are kind of black. Is this spalted or is it just the minerals and color of the burl?
-- that WOOD be cool..... JL