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02-12-2015 02:43 AM

i got this wood a while ago, the 2 pieces are around 8 ft in diameter 4” thick. I am not sure if this is a burl or not? I think the wood is cedar or cypress and was cut a long time ago… im not a wood expert and just came across these in a barn i found.

see pics.

thanks!


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#1 posted 02-12-2015 02:47 AM

I don’t what kind of wood they are but, man, are they beautiful!

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 03:00 AM

I don’t think its cypress. I’ve seen some huge cypress trees but nowhere near that size.

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 04:16 PM

I do not believe it is a burl. It looks like a slice from the lower part of a maple tree to me.

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 04:16 PM

I do not believe it is a burl. It looks like a slice from the lower part of a maple tree to me.

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 04:22 PM

Agree with Roger. Looks more like a flame maple slice from the bottom of a huge maple. I’ve never seen Cyprus that big.
Either way, in any wood store, that would be hundreds, if not easily over a thousand dollars a slice. Precious wood…

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 05:19 PM

That is one beautiful piece. I wouldn’t cut that up,. That would make a great table.

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 11:16 PM

Those are gorgeous! I’ve seen smaller slices priced at $3000 at a nearby store.

Now tell us more about the backstory…you just found a barn and got to haul these away?

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 12:08 AM

Its not a burl, its a cookie.

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 12:11 AM

How heavy is it? Does it seem heavy for its size or light?

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 02:30 AM

extraordinary!

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 04:55 AM

Wow!

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#12 posted 02-13-2015 06:08 AM

ya man this guy was selling his house and wanted these off his hands… he had 5 of them and i got 3 i already sold one. its like finding old cars in garages… thats what i found when i got there. i imagine it wont happen again in my lifetime lol. The story was it had been cut around 1940~ and was handsawed… sound possible?

the piece’s are easily 300-400 lbs each.

also on it not being a burl… why would the outer edge look like a fat mans rolls? ive never seen the trunk of a tree look like that… im no expert just asking.

why are the first rings so tight? like the first foot of growth has like 160 years of growth…

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#13 posted 02-13-2015 12:42 PM

Not sure how to answer your questions, but burl, crotch, flame, it’s all in there and worth a fortune. If they are stable, I can see a world class woodworker, (someone who puts conference tables in Fortune 100 boardrooms), paying thousands for a piece like that to make a tabletop for someone really, really rich.

You are right, you probably will never see another piece like that in your lifetime, and we will probably not see pictures like that again, either.

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#14 posted 02-13-2015 01:41 PM

Those are killer! Totally agree with the others that they would be very valuable to someone making a high-end custom table.

also on it not being a burl… why would the outer edge look like a fat mans rolls? ive never seen the trunk of a tree look like that… im no expert just asking.

why are the first rings so tight? like the first foot of growth has like 160 years of growth…

- shortyz

Not an expert either, but here are my best guesses. Looks to me like the cut was taken from the bole, right where the trunk meets the ground and the root system. That area can generate some crazy grain and the rolls on the edge. It would also help account for the size. (still a huge tree)

The first rings are so tight because of it being old growth. The sapling would have started growing in a forest where the larger trees kept very much light from reaching the forest floor and there is more competition for nutrients. That means slow growth until the tree is tall enough to get more sunlight and has a larger, more established root system. At that point the growth rate increases somewhat and you get wider rings.

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#15 posted 02-13-2015 04:22 PM

Someone thought it was maple (though I can’t be sure of that). Big leaf maple gets large and can start to look crazy at the bottom. The shapes you show wouldn’t be unusual at all.

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