Is this a burl...? Almost looks like a rock to me

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Forum topic by longgone posted 01-24-2013 11:11 PM 1344 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2013 11:11 PM

A customer I am soing a commission piece for emailed me this photo today. He was not sure what it is and neither am I. It is most certainly wood but I have not seen a piece on the ground like this before.
He is going to bring it to me when his box is complete and we can determine if it useable in a project.
My guess is burl but it is not growing on a tree.
Any thoughts or opinions…?

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 11:29 PM

sorry, the smartass in me is screaming ” cut into it with your forest saw blade and see if its a rock!”. but honestly it does pose some questions. the trees around it don’t look big enough for it to be a root ball. there looks to be another one behind it. i also thought it might be a cypress knee being in LA but it doesnt look to be wet enough for that either

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 11:40 PM

Wiltjason…It is definitely not a cypress knee. I have worked with cypress alot and have several cypress knees in my shop.
It is in the woods in St. Francisville, La. He will bring one to my shop when he picks up the box…but my curiosity is overpowering me.

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 11:45 PM

mine is too now lol, if you could post pics of it oncr you get your hands on it that would be great!

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 12:06 AM

Its a Dinosaur egg, good eatin’!

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 01:08 AM

That looks like one of those eggs that monsters hatch out of and then eat people. Be careful. I SEE ANOTHER IN THE BACKGROUND.

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 02:52 AM

It probably ate the guy that was wearing the green cap!!!

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 02:53 AM

maybe petrified dinosaur poop?

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 03:21 AM

It could be some kind of fungus … apparently dead!

I have seen tiny ones compared to this.
Cut them and spores come flying out!

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 03:55 AM

Greg- Look at the one in the background turned right side up. It looks like a black skull. SPOOKY! Those pics weren’t taken out behind Marie Laveaux’s house were they?

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 02:09 PM

LOL…...... I’ve been to Marie Laveaux’s place….. and it’s awesome, but, spooky. Looks like a humungus mushroom. If you cut into it, you should have a good respirator on maybe. Look forward to the findings of this “X-File”

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 02:57 PM

I agree with the fungus hypothesis. Google ‘petrified fungus’ and it does happen. It looks like a giant puffball I had growing on my lawn a few years ago (when you hit it with a mower – POOF – spoor dust a’flying!).

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#12 posted 01-28-2013 03:03 PM

I will definitely know more once I see it..will update info cause i am real curious.

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#13 posted 01-28-2013 04:53 PM

That’s what I conjectured and I’m sticking to it!

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