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Oak Tree Burl

Hello, all. I have a large oak tree in Dallas that I plan to cut down. It has a very large burl at the base. The tree looks to be in fairly good health, and I have had it pruned and dead branches cut each year. How do I go about getting this sold? I have already had people ask about it but they want it for free by cutting down the tree. It is a very nice piece of wood. Please send suggestions. Thank you.
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welcome to the forum, Gal.
I moved your post to General Discussion as it will get better exposure.

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This was originally posted by Texas Timbers.



So many people think someone will pay them to remove a "highly valuable" tree for them.
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Oak Burls can be pretty but it all depends on the minerals in the soil. That is what gives the burls their color and hence a value. When I cut my burls off my trees in the woods, they made beautiful bowls and other turned objects.
You wont have a windfall of money coming from it but it could be anywhere from a few hundred toa few thousand, depending on size and coloration
Go to a local woodworking supply company and they can tell you of any local woodturning clubs that might be interested. If the burl is large enough for slabs, take the bur, to a local sawmill and have it slabbed and try to sell the slabs yourself on craigslist or again, go to a local woodworking supplier and they will tell you of any local woodworking clubs.
Personally, I dont think you will get much. If the tree is coming down anyway, might as well try your luck in selling the burl. If you think you can pay to have the tree cut down and sell the burl and the lumber, you will probably lose a ton of money. Then again, you may get lucky.

Is the tree on a large parcel of land where the tree can be dropped in any direction?

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Oak Burls can be pretty but it all depends on the minerals in the soil. That is what gives the burls their color and hence a value. When I cut my burls off my trees in the woods, they made beautiful bowls and other turned objects.
You wont have a windfall of money coming from it but it could be anywhere from a few hundred toa few thousand, depending on size and coloration
Go to a local woodworking supply company and they can tell you of any local woodturning clubs that might be interested. If the burl is large enough for slabs, take the bur, to a local sawmill and have it slabbed and try to sell the slabs yourself on craigslist or again, go to a local woodworking supplier and they will tell you of any local woodworking clubs.
Personally, I dont think you will get much. If the tree is coming down anyway, might as well try your luck in selling the burl. If you think you can pay to have the tree cut down and sell the burl and the lumber, you will probably lose a ton of money. Then again, you may get lucky.

Is the tree on a large parcel of land where the tree can be dropped in any direction?
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You are quite welcome and the best of luck and fun in whatever you decide.

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Here is the tree that I mentioned...
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I posted pictures below. Not expecting to make a ton, but if it has any value, I would like some guidance in how to cut it down. If it brings a few dollars, great. If not, it will burn well in the winter...
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I was thinking of the "burl" being higher up on the tree.
if I were a sawyer, there is no way I would cut that with my saw.
(I think that would be considered more of the root formation than a burl).
it has the very real potential of having rocks and metal objects embedded in it.

and like Tony said: we wish you all the best in whatever you decide.

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It is unusual to see a burl that close to the ground but they can grow anywhere on a tree.
Anyhoo, no tellin' what it looks like until it is cut down. Like I said earlier, the mineral content in the soil will give it the coloration.
If the tree is cut down, and the burl is good looking, then and only then can you decide what would be the best way to cut it. Might get a nice 'cookie' and several turning worthy pieces. So after it's cut, get the local woodworking members out there to look it over and make you an offer.
If cut into 10-12" cubes for woodturning, you might get $30 a chunk. If the cookie yields a really nice colorful pattern, maybe $200 to $400 for the slice and maybe get 2 or 3 slices out of it. I'm just guessing. maybe even sell it on here in the classifieds after it is cut up.

Never really know, maybe you will fall in love with it and become a woodworker or turner or both.

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It is unusual to see a burl that close to the ground but they can grow anywhere on a tree.
Anyhoo, no tellin' what it looks like until it is cut down. Like I said earlier, the mineral content in the soil will give it the coloration.
If the tree is cut down, and the burl is good looking, then and only then can you decide what would be the best way to cut it. Might get a nice 'cookie' and several turning worthy pieces. So after it's cut, get the local woodworking members out there to look it over and make you an offer.
If cut into 10-12" cubes for woodturning, you might get $30 a chunk. If the cookie yields a really nice colorful pattern, maybe $200 to $400 for the slice and maybe get 2 or 3 slices out of it. I'm just guessing. maybe even sell it on here in the classifieds after it is cut up.

Never really know, maybe you will fall in love with it and become a woodworker or turner or both.
Thanks, Tony B. This is helpful information.
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Here is another suggestion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
If you know 2 somebodys, one with a chainsaw and one with a lathe, with luck, it could be one and the same. Here is what I think: have them cut a 12" cube at the base of the burl. They can keep it and make a nice bowl or something and then you will know what you have with a finished surface. This should not hurt the tree. I have cut burls off the sides of some of my Post Oak trees with no apparent damage to the trees. Just dont cut completely around the tree because that might kill it.

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