Greetings from Alaska! I've got a big Alaska Birch with possible burl and curl that I'm looking to take down in the next year or two so I can put in a proper back deck. I found a local guy with a portable mill and a kiln slab dryer who lives nearby. However, he's not an expert and says he'd bought the mill and kiln for personal use to dabble in woodworking (river tables mostly) but apparently there's a lot of woodworkers in the area so he started renting services out.
The hobby-miller and I just weren't sure if we should do anything specific if these growths are burl. I only found a couple articles online that even touched on the subject; like if we see radial lines in the burls we should roll the tree to bring out the eyes, but that's about it so any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. I don't have anything really specific in mind for the tree, I mostly wanted to try some woodworking (hand-cut dovetails kinda stuff), I am interested in resin/epoxy and wood objects, I'd kind of like to try some turning as I bought a lathe, and maybe it'd be cool to get some slabs for a river table or cutting boards.
Here's some pictures of the tree in question, almost looks like two trees in some pics, but that was caused by damage from construction equipment before we moved in nearly 20 years ago, tree specialist said it didn't have to be taken down back then, and it healed up fine like he said it would. (Also, pardon the sticks and branches there, we just did a major tree clean up on the property so we're overflowing with burn piles - can't get them in the pit fast enough.) The second pic is a close up of the possible burls, I hear it could be a mushroom/fungus also, but it looks like super rough bark to my untrained eyes.
Last edited by Mystri; 07-01-2020 at 07:09 AM.