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Forum topic by OutPutter posted 09-10-2008 11:12 PM 1342 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2008 11:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak pecan burl

I’m posting these pictures in the hope that someone can identify whether or not these are burls and if they would be worth any money if harvested properly. The first picture is probably live oak. There was only one small trunk about eight inches in diameter showing on the back side. The rest was just one huge ball about three feet in diameter. If you look hard, you can see a small volcano shaped protrusion at the top.

The other two pictures are of a pecan tree. The growths seem to have been caused by trimming back some limbs on the tree.

Oak Burl Below:
Oak Burl

Pecan Burls Below:
Pecan Burls Up Close

Pecan Burl Wide Angle

Thanks in advance for the opinions,

-- Jim

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#1 posted 10-07-2008 04:29 PM

Just an update. I investigated the first picture a little further and discovered that there was a lot of rot and a large hollow area just visible underneath. So, I guess that even if it was a burl, it isn’t going to be worth harvesting. I’m still curious about the pecan trees. I just don’t know what a burl is yet….

-- Jim

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#2 posted 10-23-2008 07:59 AM

Your just gonna have to cut into one to find out. I dont want to ruin the surprise by telling you. I will tell you its pure treasure.

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#3 posted 10-23-2008 08:07 AM

Interesting growth. It should be interesting to see. Is the tree still growing or is it dying?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 10-23-2008 09:18 AM

Unfortunately, the tree is alive and well and doesn’t belong to me. It didn’t fall in the huricane either. Bummer…

-- Jim

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