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post #1 of 2 Old 11-18-2018, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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New to Burls

Hello to all who know anything about burls

I'm new to the burls world of wood working and crafting. I was recently in Northern California and came across many Manzanita burls about 100 or more and some are very large.

Now that I have them and I have never worked with them I'm looking for any and all advise on how to stabilize them. Some are milled, and I would like to start working with them as soon as I can. I have been told to boil them, some have said to use Pentacryl. I have been on the net looking at the Anchorseal but everything that I'm reading says that it could take up to a year to cure or longer. So now I come here looking for help from the experts of the burl world.

Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated thanks for your time and advise

I'm the Natural Bent Cane maker
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-19-2018, 02:30 PM
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Stacked and stickered, under cover and not cooked in a shed, you can expect fresh wood to dry down to the Equilibrium Moisture Content of 12-14% at about 1" per year. So, drying from both sides, a 2" slab ought to be about as air-dried as it will get in 12+ months.


What do you want to make?


Burls have tangled grain. They are a nightmare for hand carving, maybe better for power carving.
I carved a western red cedar 2" burl slab some years ago. I have not gone out of my way to find another one.
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