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Forum topic by notwhole posted 05-10-2013 09:58 AM 1197 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2013 09:58 AM

Ok so, I’m relatively new to woodworking and carving in general. I’ve had some past experience but it never really grasped me as a passion until a few months back. Now I’ve started buying all sorts of different wood to make everything from cutting boards to pipes and small chairs, But I’ve never really worked with tree burls before. So I’ve been trying to find what information that I can scouring the internet and talking to some elders of the trade in my home town.

But I’ve come across a burl near my home that I’ve permission to cut down. But aside from making sure to give space to cut above and below the burl I’m not sure on where to go from here. I’m curious as to what I need to do to make this burl into hopefully finished turning/carving blanks. if it’s any help to drying the wood I do have access to a kiln. also the base of the tree is about 20 inches in diameter and I believe it to be a wild cherry here is a link to a photo of the tree

Thank you for all your help

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 07:02 PM

I have only harvested one burl, many years ago. Had no problem drying it or splitting it in two. Followed instructions from an old sage and cut log twelve inches above and below burl, totaled about thirty inches in length. End sealed with wax, and stored in my metal lawn mower shed for over six months. Due to my inexperience back then destroyed both halves trying to turn them.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 10:36 PM

Check out Greg at OregonBurls. He has some videos on this site and is a great guy to bug with questions!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 10:44 PM

Well alright I appreciate that. :)

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