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Offline Sir-diealot

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Question about Burl
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:02:16 AM »
Friend of mine son has a tree that I believe his father said is Red Oak or Maple (Sorry my meds) that seems from the description to have a very large burl about I believe he said 3-5 foot off the ground and I was wondering if that is any good for making calls or does it have to be a curtain kind of tree. I will be able to add pictures to this tomorrow, but just wanted to get an idea if it is even worth bothering with.

I guess he had a guy stop and try to buy the tree off of him for making bowls but from what I understand from reading here the price he offered him for the tree is not even what the burl is worth, but I am pretty ignorant about such things to be honest.
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2019, 05:51:12 PM »
Burl works great but it takes a long time to dry.

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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2019, 06:03:20 PM »
Burl works great but it takes a long time to dry.
Are there any woods with burl that are worthless or worth more? I did find this which was a very interesting read, but did not answer that question for me at all.

https://philholtan.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/how-to-harvest-and-sell-burls/

Oh and thank you for the reply Bob
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2019, 08:34:26 PM »
A few such a buckeye are two soft and need to be stabilized I have never found any that don't work fine and some of the nicest calls I have ever made were from oak that I found at a place that was selling firewood.

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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2019, 09:17:02 PM »
A few such a buckeye are two soft and need to be stabilized I have never found any that don't work fine and some of the nicest calls I have ever made were from oak that I found at a place that was selling firewood.
Thanks for the information, charging camera batteries so I can add pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2019, 12:41:14 PM »
The weather prevented us from getting pictures today, will try again tomorrow. He did say the tree is Red Oak for sure though today.
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019, 04:15:41 PM »
red oak should make for a good call if its a true burl it should have some pretty crazy spaghetti like grain to it   ,,, my have some eyes also but never realy seen any with eyes ,,, burls on a tree are a crap shoot on their worth never know till u crack them open ,, then they my be full bark ,ants u name it ,,,, when cut trim out side to find the best grain then cut blocks accordingly  ,,, i fully seal the blanks when cut with wax except maybe small spot in middle ,,, lets dry and sit back and watch it warp lol   ,,, and while drying   if i see any cracks forming will drop a little ca in them seems to help
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2019, 05:39:56 PM »
red oak should make for a good call if its a true burl it should have some pretty crazy spaghetti like grain to it   ,,, my have some eyes also but never realy seen any with eyes ,,, burls on a tree are a crap shoot on their worth never know till u crack them open ,, then they my be full bark ,ants u name it ,,,, when cut trim out side to find the best grain then cut blocks accordingly  ,,, i fully seal the blanks when cut with wax except maybe small spot in middle ,,, lets dry and sit back and watch it warp lol   ,,, and while drying   if i see any cracks forming will drop a little ca in them seems to help

Thanks Mike, I am yet to see it as it was raining today, this seems to be a popular way to cut it from a few things I have read, is this what you mean? Also what is CA?

cherry-burl-and-forklift by Sir-diealot, on Flickr

Oh by the way I don't remember what this crow call was made from, do you recall?
IMG_0679 by Sir-diealot, on Flickr
IMG_0682 (2) by Sir-diealot, on Flickr
« Last Edit: November 22, 2019, 05:57:19 PM by Sir-diealot »
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2019, 07:46:17 AM »
That call was cherry burl      CA is super glue found in most dollar stores ... yes see most are cut like that and trim the bark off round outside parts see what grain looks best and start blocking from their
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Re: Question about Burl
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2019, 06:19:08 PM »
I have not been able to get to the house to take pictures yet, but apparently the burl is 6 foot in diameter. Saw one in another tree when out trapping yesterday, but it had a big old coon hole in it.
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