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Forum topic by Don1 posted 05-07-2014 11:12 PM 1262 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2014 11:12 PM

I just saw a news report that people are poaching the burls growing on the Redwood trees in California. Here is a related item from the NY Times

I can’t believe that the money grubbing bastards would stoop so low.

Please be careful where you buy your burl wood.

don R


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#1 posted 05-08-2014 01:21 AM

I have stopped buying any burl from anybody. These numnuts should be hung up by their gonads, and have their toe nails ripped out. :b

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 04:53 PM

A lot of turning blanks of all sizes being sold as burl, by individuals and commercial vendors not really burl. Yes, there are reptile sellers with quality burls just be prepared to pay dearly. Be careful of image currently unavailable or terms like highly figured wood on many web sites. It is a lot better to visit a vendor and make your burl purchase.

Many vendors buy burls by the pound and have no idea or care about moisture content. So before paying big bucks for a chuck of burl understand will have to either rough turn or set it aside until reaches EMC.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 05:37 PM

Keep in mind that there are plenty of legal ways to buy burl. Don’t use Redwood burl and that cuts out the vast majority of the problem.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 09:18 PM

Yep, just because you are buying it “legally” doesn’t mean it was acquired legally.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 09:50 AM

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#6 posted 05-18-2014 09:54 AM

I just read this exact same article. They closed down a six mile stretch of highway in the redwoods because of it, and only 11 rangers for enforcement to cover 12000 acres!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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