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Forum topic by Watercolor posted 09-01-2013 07:48 PM 1078 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Watercolor

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09-01-2013 07:48 PM

I have some white oak that was found in an attic of a house that was built in the1900s, not saying the wood is that old but? Any way, this stuff has birdseyes and twist in it that I’ve never seen, I was told that it was what the wood looks like right underneath the cambium layer and i was also told that it was a carpenter ant infestation but the tree had healed itself back? The wood is solid, I just can’t find exactly what caused this and was wondering if anyone else may have seen this. The birdeyes seem to have small bark inclusions in them. Will try to post pics soon as I’m using it on a guitar head cab project.

Thanks, sands

-- BURL


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#1 posted 09-05-2013 02:21 AM

Pictures will get you comments from others for sure.

BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 11:09 PM

Sorry if there big, looks similar to Karelian birch but in the first post I listed what all I was told it was? It’s a head cab for a diy trainwreck express guitar amp I built a while back, the last pic has a piece of cherry burl in the center and I have a piece of cherry burl I’m working on for the front. Sorry it took so long to post pics. I work 2 jobs etc…thanks sands

-- BURL

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 11:15 PM

Here’s another.

-- BURL

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 11:45 PM

How big were the boards?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 12:52 AM

I had 4 that were 8 inch by about 6 ft long. And some strips that were 3 inches by about 6 ft. The guy I got them from had threw them out so some of the boards where in bad condition. One board had this figure and then straight grain like oak over about half of the board and the other side only had the figure on the outside edges. It’s a fairly heavy wood too.

-- BURL

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 01:11 AM

I’m just wondering if it was a large burl, Burl. Some thing like this.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#7 posted 09-26-2013 01:20 AM

If it was then it was a huge burl. Seems to be lacking the heart wood swirl mixes that you see in most burls though and the figuring is pretty consistent up the board. Burls I’ve worked have all been crazy.

-- BURL

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 12:52 AM

Anyone else got any ideas?

-- BURL

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#9 posted 09-27-2013 01:07 AM

I don’t think this is white oak; what makes you think that since you said it was found in an attic?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 09-27-2013 01:08 AM

I have some red oak with the same figure in it and trying to figure out what it was through several forums it was decided that it is Bearclaw figure. Of all the oak I have handled I only have about 20 bd ft of this figure and none quite as nice as yours.

-- mike & judy western md. www. pvwoodcrafts.com pvwccf1@verizon.net

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#11 posted 09-27-2013 01:25 AM

I didn’t know what it really was. Was just told it was either white or red oak…

Bear claw figure, that’s a new one to me. Will have to google it, thanks.

-- BURL

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#12 posted 09-27-2013 02:04 AM

google pomelle figure too

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#13 posted 09-27-2013 10:01 PM

Really it looks closer to Pommele figure than what I see of bear claw. I am thinking it was some type of insect infestation. I took a piece today and starts to take thin slices off of it and it has tunnels in it. So I guess the ant infestation but the tree lived seems close to accurate. You can’t tell in the pics, but those dark spot are actually tiny holes with bark inclusions. Well some are holes others are (healed) over I guess you could say.

-- BURL

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