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Old 03-18-2017, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Burl Identification and Use Question

Hey all,
Still new to the forum so hopefully I'm not posting in the wrong spot, but I was given a piece of Burl that was harvested in the 1930s. A couple questions: I was going to try to make some pen blanks out of it - any tips or anything I should be aware of?
Also, can anyone identify the wood? I think it might be red oak based on the one picture from harvesting the Burl, but not sure if anyone could tell just from the Burl? I could probably post a couple more pics later.

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Most definitely NOT any kind of Oak.


I would guess at some type of Mesquite or Cocobolo ... leaning towards the latter, as Mesquite doesn't quite grow very large.

How hard and dense is it? There doesn't appear to be any sapwood between the heart of the burl and the bark, though that might not be a common occurrence if it's a bark inclusion.
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Interesting. I should also note that it was harvested in southwest Washington.
It's pretty hard, but not super dense. It's also really dry though.
Thanks for the help.


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Very tough to guess woods. But if I were to venture a guess it wood be a walnut burl wood. a realy rare piece.
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This might help... Picture of them sawing the burl off.



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One of the Western Maples.
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Big leaf maple. A lot of it was logged in the northwest years back.
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Probably big leaf maple , although from the harvesting picture I would have thought there would be a bit of sapwood on the outer edges . Also darker than normal but 80 years of aging could do that . If you could sand some of the face and edge grain to about 400 grit , it would remove some of the oxidized layer and give a better look at it .

If it were walnut , it would have the characteristic walnut smell when sanded .
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Never would have guessed maple from that color ... but yeah, it's a very old piece of wood ... Hit the edge and face with some 120 and work your way up to 400 (less work) and then snap a few pics ... include a ruler next to it so we can give you some advice on which angles would be best to work! :)
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Here's a maple burl pen I turned some time ago...surprisingly dark colored, but I think this is what the OP has. Should make for a very attractive pen or ten!
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