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Forum topic by David Milton posted 10-06-2013 03:13 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Milton

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10-06-2013 03:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: curing roots burled roots best season for harvest of roots and burl question tip trick

a neighbor has recently given me permission to harvest a considerably large, living cherry stump. the stump is 26” diameter and has several large burled roots. i was wanting to pull the entire thing and turn it into a glass top table. however, i am a new resident to northeast washington state, and have never lived in a place where it gets really cold in the winter. i was wondering if anyone knows if i should harvest it now, before it freezes, or would it be alright to wait til the spring. and once harvested, what would be the best way to go about curing an entire stump/root system without checks and cracks. any info at all would be appreciated. thanks.

-- David Milton colville washington

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 03:32 PM

Harvest now and store it in a protected place out of the sun. A lot of drying can take place even in winter, the key is to slow the process down to minimize cracks and checks. Eastern WA is a very dry place and drying can occur very rapidly in the summer. I think it would be much better to get some of the drying to take place while the weather is cooler.

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 03:58 PM

I agree. Getting it out of the ground is a good idea if you can get it done. I use an excavator and dig all around the stump until it is loosened then pull it out with a well-placed chain. Sometimes a person will need to ax cut some roots, other times a chainsaw with a sacrificial chain is needed. Lots of dirty work, hope it works well.

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