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it is nice having a good buddy of mine who owns a very busy tree service. i have been asking him to save certain types of wood that he would give away as firewood. he just cut and chipped a red maple that was infested with the ambrosia beetle. I told him roughly what he could get for that so i don't think he will be chipping anymore of that:laughing:
this was a cherry burl.
anyone know how or why nature creates such beautiful wood. i have never gotten a definitive answer!
 

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To answer your question in regards to how this happens, As I understand it, a burl is a growth around a damaged portion of the tree. Either from external sources or a bug that damaged the interior of the wood.
Not unlike a callous (spelling ) on the hand where the skin grows thicker as the skin is damaged.

I have my eye on an old oak in the neighbors yard that has a large burl at the base. :laughing:
 

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:laughing: I know, i was shocked when i cut it down the trunk and saw what i had. I've got my hunting buddies trained. in the past 2-3 years we have found around 15 that are all getting cut down this spring. from maples to oaks, to cherries and most of them are big around 200 plus pounds. the problem lies in getting them out of the mountains!:eek:
I sealed the wood soon after i took the photos. the eye on this burl is insane!! I've lucked out so far cutting my own burls down in not getting any with bark inlay.
I have also heard that on how they are created. i have also heard some kind of disease. either way it is beautiful wood. any idea as to what something like this would sell for on ebay or such?
 

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the problem lies in getting them out of the mountains!
Have any chopper pilot woodworker pals?

Then there's the original loggers trick of skidding them out on a frozen trail in winter.
 
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