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 Post subject: Birch burl
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:14 pm 
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I helped a friend to carry some platerboards today. When I should go home he asked me if I wanted a birch burl. In his fire wood shed he had this beast. 30-50 kg. I cant lift it. Dried many years.
Now comes the question. What can I, or should I make with it?
/Anders


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 Post subject: Re: Birch burl
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:16 pm 
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I hope someone who knows will chime in.
I would love to see it veneered or ?? to see the burl.
If you are a turner perhaps a vase or ??

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 Post subject: Re: Birch burl
PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:04 pm 
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That thing is a beast! Think long and hard to pick a project deserving of such a specimen. Report back When you do!

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 Post subject: Re: Birch burl
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Are you sure it is burl? it looks like the head of an underground mole person. LOL

Don't wait too long. A former boss gave me some nice old maple to make something with. both pieces 12" x 12". picked them up one day, termites were living and eating between the two pieces. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Birch burl
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:28 pm 
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Hey Anders,

In my limited experience with burls, they can be unpredictably weak structurally. I believe the most common use for solid burl is turning, bowls etc. I think that the most economical use is to veneer. A piece that large could be sold to a veneer slicer for cash or a share of the product. You could negotiate for the opportunity to select your cut.

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