Many argue that Amboyna burl is the most expensive wood. However, our take is different, since Amboyna burl is a ‘burl‘- it has grown in a deformed manner!
What types of trees have burls?
In addition to redwood, these well-known species are also sources for burl:
How can you tell if wood is Burl?
Burls can be identified by sight and touch.
Walk near trees to observe their roots. Normal roots grow outward from the trunk and have a long, snakelike appearance.
Examine the tree trunks.
Touch the bark on the suspected burl if you can reach it.
Look up and observe the tree branches.
How much does burl wood cost?
Buckeye Burl -whole burls, 2′ to 6′ in diameter, 24″ to 36″ high. Price $1.90 per pound up to 1000 pounds. $1.85 for 1,001 to 2,499 pounds. $1.80 per pound for 2,500 pounds or more.
What is burl wood worth?
$10 per board foot
$25 per board foot
$35 per board foot
Feb 9, 2020
Why is burl wood so expensive?
Because the grain is twisted and interlocked, burl wood is extremely dense and resistant to splitting. Burls have become so valuable that poachers have even been known to cut them from the side of trees in national parks, such as the ancient redwoods in California.
Are burls worth money?
Most burls, especially layered burls, are not particularly valuable. On the other hand, a larger eyed burl in good condition should bring $25 to $200 depending on size, species and condition. I have had burls up to 8 feet in diameter, and many in the 4-5 foot range. Those can be worth $500 or more.
How much can you get for a Burl?
A reasonable price for normal burl (not wild) red oak is about $6 a board foot. It can go to $15 a board foot. If you sell it as blanks, it can go for $3-$7 a blank.
Where can I sell my burls?
eBay is a good place to sell Box Elder burl because there’s a few guys, one in particular who dyes and stabilizes woods and resells it mostly as knife scales (because they are so profitable) but also as pistol grip blanks. eBay can actually be a good place in your situation.
What can you do with a burl?
Luthiers often use burl tops for guitar bodies or headstocks, and turners love burl pieces to make smaller items like pen blanks. If you‘ve got a project that needs a touch of class, burl is a great way to really make it pop!
Does removing a burl eliminate the tree?
Woodstock, Ga. U.S.A. From my experience in the landscaping industry, cutting the burl off won’t necessarily kill the tree, but the big spot missing the bark WILL leave it open to all kinds of potentially deadly disease and insect problems.
What is burl wood used for?
Burl wood can be found in many tree species and is used in making furniture, different types of veneer, inlays, turning wood, gun stocks, music wood, and other household items.
What causes a burl to grow on a tree?
A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition.
What do tree burls look like?
The tree trunk infections called “burls” look like bumps or warty growths, probably caused as a result of an environmental injury. Cambial growth is hyper-stimulated as a way for the tree to isolate and contain the injury. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even when underground.
What does Burl mean in slang?
1. Scottish, Australian and New Zealand. an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
How do you cut a Burl?
Which way do you cut a Burl?
What you have is a log with a burl “wart” on either side. Splitting it as shown in the pics has cut the two “burley” areas in half. If you can picture laying the halves flat on the cut face and making cuts perpendicular to the flat face, that’s what is going to yield the most burl figure.
What is a birch burl?
Burls, spherical woody growths on the trunks of spruce, birch and other trees, are commonly found throughout wooded parts of Alaska. Many are removed from trees and used for furniture making and for decorative roof or mailbox supports or just to set out in the yard as curiosities.
What is a burl bowl?
Burl wood, with its swirling grain patterns and unique spalting, makes one-of-a-kind art. Making a burl wood bowl captures the magic of burl, displaying the individual designs on a surface buffed to a shine. Due to burl’s imperfections, it is important to mount and turn burl wood the right way.
How do you cut a burl bowl?
How do you clean wood burls?
Clean burled wood that is sealed with polyurethane by adding mild dish soap to warm water. Dip a clean, lint-free cloth into the solution and wring it out until it is damp. Wipe the surface of the burled wood, and then dry it with a second clean cloth.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.