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Maynard

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1857 days ago

Has anyone ever harvested any burl wood in their local forest? Sure would like to know how.
Larry


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Bill White

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#1 posted 1856 days ago

Yep. Cut a burl from a wild cherry tree. Kept it 3 years to dry, then turned it. Man, it was pretty. Gotta really take your time with the stuff ‘cause it is “reaction” wood. It’ll bust up pretty badly if not dried slowly.
Bill

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Garry

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#2 posted 1849 days ago

Here's some that I have done.

The smaller ones
cherry burl 1
cherry burl carved bowl
I soak in Denatured alcahol for at least 24 hours after rough turning them. Then wrap them in a brown paper back with the center left open so it can breath for at least a month. Then finish turning it.

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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TheCaver

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#3 posted 1849 days ago

Doesn’t harvesting a large burl normally kill the tree?

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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Matt

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#4 posted 1849 days ago

I got this sucker from a old hunting trail. The tree was dead and the burl was rotted out pretty bad. But I got as much as i could from it. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/15726

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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Karson

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#5 posted 1849 days ago

Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I sent a plank to Jeffthewoodwhacker and here is his blog

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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bamasawduster

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#6 posted 1849 days ago

There’s a guy in Upper Peninsula, MI who harvests burls. I have gotten several from him. Don’t know if you;re interested in buying or getting info. His name is Kris Granlund. His email is: granlund3@yahoo.com

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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Maynard

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#7 posted 1848 days ago

Just recently been able to get back into woodworking, I don’t believe there are any homebuilders anymore. Moved back home and realized that my folks have been burning cherry for decades off the farm. They say the Knots in cherry burn exceptionally well.
Anyway, Is there much market for cherry burls and cherry wood in general?
Larry

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JoeinDE

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#8 posted 1847 days ago

If the prices at the local woodcraft are any indication, then there definitely is a market for cherry. $8/bft for regular cherry, $10/bft for curly cherry (both S2S). Compare that to the $2.50/bft I paid to a local lumber guy (rough cut).

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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johnpoole

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#9 posted 1847 days ago

depends on the tree, but i have harvested burls without taking the tree down, they just scaled over the cut. but the post are right.. patience is the key.. i rough turned one this weekend that has been in my shop for over 10 years. if you try to cut thin stock, seal the ends, chances are you’ll get bad twist without a kilm. a local firewood provider saves me more then i can use for 10 bucks each.. one walnut burl he brought me must have weighed 100 pounds.. it’s still a work in progress with the bowl looking like it will go 18 inches with a natural edge..

turn a while, put it in a cardboard box with the shavings and put it back on the shelf

-- it's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime i want

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johnpoole

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#10 posted 1847 days ago

the only problem with harvesting the whole tree is access to a kilm, air dry takes 12 months per inch of thickness and seldom gives you perfect stock.. i’ve harvest my own hickory, but ended up wasting half the tree..

-- it's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime i want

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