|Forum topic by S_Elliott||posted 06-06-2009 04:52 PM||6049 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-06-2009 04:52 PM
I just joinedLumberJocks.com, although I have been an active reader for some time and love the site!
I have a live sugar maple on my property-at knee height it is ~ 105”, at shoulder height about 65”. It is nearly solid burl-in some spots completely encircling the tree. The rest of the tree is loaded with smaller burls and there are two well-formed crotches. Lots of ‘pin-prick’ holes in bark, so from my research, it could be “bird’s eye” inside.
I am new at this. I am planning to start a lutherie side business. If anyone can advise me on a couple of things, I would be very grateful.
I had planned to pull the tree down (shallow, rocky soil-roots accessible) and cut the wood as appropriate (I have access to an old, very wide kerf circular mill saw). Friends have advised me that with all that burl, I should sell the tree for veneering and use other maple for guitars/mandolins. I live in southeastern Massachusetts. I made rwo calls, and was basically laughed at on the phone.
I want to put thewood to it’s best (and ultimately, most profitable) use. I have two questions. PLEASE. Is it worthwhile to try to find a buyer for the tree, and if so, does anyone have any trecommendations? Perhaps I was approachin the trade at the wrong level? Second, if I take the tree down myself, there is no way to avoid cutting through some nice burl no matter what I do when I saw it into usable planks and (hopefully) also seperate the largest burls from the trunk. I do not know how to do this. I would greatly appreciate some advice or referals to links to help me do this without destrying much beautiful burl wood. Thank you so much in advance!