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Pricing burls
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:45:38 PM »
I have an Ash burl from a tree that I cut down last Friday and I have someone who is interested in buying it. It was located at a crotch in the tree so there could be some nice figure in it. It is about 4 feet long and almost 3 feet in diameter and appears to be solid. How do I put a value on it?
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 08:52:27 PM »
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 09:02:41 PM »
No, not yet. I will try to get one tomorrow.
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 11:41:58 AM »
All burls are not equal. You have burls that are nothing but a bulging growth on the side of a tree, and the wood inside has little if any character. Then you have burls on the tree or on the roots that have hundreds of tiny sprouts, which make swirly eye figure in the wood. The type with lots of eyes & swirls is what folks are after. Depending on what you have will determine what it's worth. I paid $500 for a 300lb. birch burl once and got lucky that it had some curly figure and good coloring. Otherwise i'd have lost $500 because there wasn't a birdseye or swirl anywhere in that burl. Many times I have cut into a burl to find that it is boring, non-character wood. Now I won't even cut one, let alone buy one, that doesn't display either a bunch of visible swirls in the bark or lots of tiny sapling sprouts that look like it's growing hair.   
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 06:20:56 PM »
I have some burls , this one is big for cheery
 

  

 

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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 09:17:54 PM »
Here are a few pictures of the burl. It is 17" on the small end, 20" on the big end and about 58 inches long.

  

  

  

 
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 12:18:18 PM »
I wouldn't really call that a burl. More like a canker. Maybe some interesting grain in there, but not like burl wood.
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 01:32:48 PM »
Yea bill m, I'd have a hard time really calling that a burl as well.
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 06:07:50 PM »
I agree, it really isn't a burl. When the tree was standing it looked like one. Then I dropped the tree and it disappeared into the snow and I didn't do anything with it. When I went back in yesterday to get the logs and take pictures I looked closer at it and realized it was not a burl. :embarassed: :( If I had a mill I think I would saw it anyway.
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 06:31:46 PM »
Jeff how would you cut my burl in the pic, and if anyone has an idea speak up :D :D

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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 07:15:33 PM »
sawin peter's burl is a definate good question.
Length wise would be best bet, althou cross cut would be neat too.

Id sandwitch it between a few 2x10's , making a box. and put in some threaded inserts (tee nuts) so you could put in some bolts to tension it so you could cut it on the mill

the box could be a sacrifice, but you should figure that into the sale of the slabs.   
threading a bolt back into the inserts, you can light rap on them and pop them out.

3/8   50 for 15 bux... at mcmaster  isn't too bad of a price.

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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 08:31:56 PM »
I'll saw it for you just to see what's in it. :) What are you doing this weekend? :D
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 09:16:13 PM »
Dave, I can bring it over either day. It's supposed to be a little warmer this weekend.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 09:19:58 PM »
Saturday is probably better. I think there's a chance for rain on Sunday. Let me know when is good for you, I have to be at the farm to work up some firewood anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 09:31:31 PM »
Does 10:00 work?
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2013, 09:33:30 PM »
Hope you guys can post a few pics of whatever you find. 

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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2013, 06:53:37 AM »
Nice cherry burl.  :)

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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 04:47:15 PM »
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A burl (American English) or bur or burr (used in all non-US English speaking countries) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.

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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 04:51:20 PM »
A burl is definitely abnormal tree growth, but every abnormal tree growth is not a burl.
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Re: Pricing burls
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2013, 05:09:43 PM »
Jeff how would you cut my burl in the pic, and if anyone has an idea speak up :D :D

I'd go get burlkraft and have him tell me how to cut it. I've never sawn a burl in my life.
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