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Pine Burl?
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:34:39 AM »
Can a softwood like a pine be considered a burl?   I sawed this up today.  Maybe 'burl' is pushing it, but it's certainly got some character. 

 

 

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 12:50:19 AM »
I would say yes, as it has caused an abnormality in the natural growth pattern, and that is all a burl is.  Burls can be triggered by pathogens or other stimulus that causes an aberrant growth pattern in the wood. Lets see what the Forester folk say?

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 01:25:21 AM »
Softwoods can certainly form burls. Not sure if that's really a burl, or just some really curly grained wood.

But it's still cool.  ;D

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 09:05:41 AM »
What's the plan for that? What kind of pine?
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 11:03:53 AM »
This is that log before it was cut.



 

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 11:10:34 AM »
Looks very nice!! Now what will you use that for? I love to hear about the ideas. A bench? Put some coat hooks on it and use it as a coat rack?
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 11:17:35 AM »
I don't know exactly what kind of tree it was.  I guessed it was a pine but if anything has needles i call it a pine :)  I haven't got any identification skills.   Here are some pics of the branches and trunk


The log i cut yesterday was pretty small.  Maybe 8"-10" diameter and 2' long.   No idea what i'm going to do with it.   I started off cutting it thin.  I made 2 pieces about 1/4" thinking maybe i'd use it like some sort of veneer.  Then i thought i might want to us it for a tiny solid wood table top so i cut a thicker piece and my mill wouldn't go much lower.  So, i'm left with the bottom slab of maybe 3" thick.  I should have raised it and cut another piece but it didn't ocurr to me.  Really no idea what i'll do with it.




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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2013, 11:33:00 AM »
Looks like a white pine.

Are there 5 needles in each bundle?
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013, 11:36:58 AM »
Love it! Just like me, looks real interesting lets cut it up! Now what do we do with it? Turn the 3" peice over and cut the bark off the other side, a nice bench at the front door with some logs for legs will look good.
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013, 11:57:27 AM »
Turn the 3" peice over and cut the bark off the other side, a nice bench at the front door with some logs for legs will look good.

That's a good idea, i'll keep it in mind.

BeenThere, i'll have to take a closer look at the needles when i get out in the yard later.

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 01:42:07 PM »
Looks like curly grain from the tree growing bent out of shape? You can read the grain curl in the bark in the picture of the original log.

I agree they would make cool little benches or side tables.

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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 09:42:22 PM »
Yep, 5 needle bundles:


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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2013, 09:44:53 PM »
White Pine no doubt.  :)
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2013, 10:01:23 PM »
Jeff knows his pines. I have a book put out by the Maine Foresty Dept. It is jsu for the state of Maine.I have no idea if NJ has a book like that or not. I only know the so called slang name of trees. Has help me alot with the correct names and the Latin names too.
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Re: Pine Burl?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2013, 08:19:43 PM »
Thanks guys.  I really should do some reading on identification.  Lots to learn


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