Hi there folks, I just wanted to show you this burl. It's a Maple stump that I carefully hand dug out and lifted with a machine after cutting the roots off with a chainsaw. It's covered all the way around its 30 ft. circumference with birds eye. I exposed the birdseye with approximately 1500 hours of cutting and sanding. In showing it I'm trying to get ideas as to where people think it should be shown. Your input is welcome.
Gene that is absolutely beautiful! You certainly have lots of patience to spend that much time cutting and sanding. It would be awesome if it ended up in Guiness! May I ask where you find room to store such a huge thing?
It came out of my front yard. When I finally was sure all the roots were cut off, I lifted it with the backhoe. Once I had it in the air(after three weeks of hand digging and cutting) I had to take it. So I moved it to my back yard in the driveway. Since that time I built a shack around it, with the help of a gifted friend.
Thank you for your comments folks. The burl is curing beautifully and I continue to sand it and protect it from the elements. Last winter I had 3 fans in the burl shack to keep the air circulating. The damp winters here could create a mildew problem if the air is too still. I should have the outside finished within a year and will then tackle the inside.
This photo is of my friend Bob. He's the first guy outside my family to get a trimming off the burl. This piece came off the bottom right side when I first trimmed it up, about where his right foot is.
Fascinating--I've seen many burl pieces in AK and Canada but nothing like this! What a find. I'm new to DG and came across this thread while looking for refinishing info. I'm curious to see what will become of your burl. Great pix--thanks for posting them!
Unfortunately burlman is no longer a member of DG but he does have the link above to his blog so if we want to follow this burl to its destination I guess we will have to follow his blog. What a beauty it is.
My DH and DS would love to work with smaller burls if we ever can get some reasonably. They are not easy to find here where there are few trees so they have to be shipped in and are quite expensive.
Hello there plantmover
I"m still here but it has been a while since I logged in. Thanks for the interest in the burl. Nothing has changed too much with it. I continue to work it as much as possible, but my paying job has been quite demanding of my time so dont get at it as much as Id like to. I'm hoping ot have it completed in time for the 2010 winter olympics, which is almost in my back yard. If it is finished I'll try to get it on display for that.
I have several slabs of burl at my place, but I can't even begin to start anything until I'm satisfied with the big one. I have yellow cedar, red cedar, maple, fir, and arbutus, all sizes. I don't sell them at all but I'd be happy to give you a couple pieces. Let me know approximately how big and what kind you'd like and I'll find a way to get it to you.
That's some hurl of a burl.
I'm new to DG and getting used to things around here.
I sent you an e mail about this but here's my thoughts on this via thread mail.
This hunk of nature's beauty would be best revealed in veneer form and I can put you in contact with people who can do that for you.
I can see this making several hundred if not thousands of square feet of gorgeous paneling for a casino or the foyer to a music hall.
As it is, it may be a bit too organic for anything but a MOMA or similar venue to hang as an installation, which won't be half bad either.
I've had a lot of people suggest selling it to a veneer manufacturer. It would probably bring in the most money and be the easiest thing to do. But, to me this burl is about a lot more than money. I spend every spare moment of my life in the burl shack, polishing, sanding, and just admiring the natural beauty.
I've met hundreds of people, that have come to see it and marvel at it. Some of them have become excellent friends. My family and friends always know where I'll be, and often come out to just hang around the burl shack while I tinker away.
It has become a way of life, a labour of love that will only end when I'm pushing daisies. Realisticly, I want to keep it and work on it until I'm 100 per cent satisfied that it can't look better than it is. Then, I'll bring it out and show it to the world.
On mothers day I will be opening my yard up to the local public to come and view it. A young boy, 3 yrs old, that my daughter teaches preschool has recently been diagnosed with cancer. His mother is single and is forced to leave her job so she can get through the treatments that are up and coming.
My plan is to get a lot of hanging baskets and potted spring plants to decorate around the burl, then take family mothers day photos to raise money for this family.
I'll post a couple mothers day photos for you to view in May some time.
This photo is one of the roots off the bottom of the burl. A piece of glass will be fitted on the top when it's finished. It will be a birthday present for my middle daughter in Feb.
I'm in the Commercial side of woodworking and "it's been very good to me" however I can certainly appreciate woodworking for the love of it, which is what drew me into the business in the first place.
Burlman, I can feel where you are coming from when you see that Maple as a cherished and intriguing part of your life, but maybe it's time to let it go.
That burl can be truly made into something magnificent through the veneering process. Exposing the innards of that wonderful creation of Nature to many who may appreciate it may bring some more fellow humans to appreciate what wonders Nature can wreak on us, instead of keeping it bottled up in the current form.
I can see that veneer laid out so that the edges are fully exposed with a black background filling in the voids where the natural edges round off like a Kaleidoscope so that it can represent the way it came out of the ground.
There must be some truly magnificent facets to it hidden deep inside that will never be seen until you ply it open.
I truly appreciate your interest in my burl, and also your creative way of thinking. Being a woodworker yourself you would be well aware of the measure twice, cut once rule. That's the rule I've been following ever since I dug it up over two years ago. What I'm doing here is preserving the wood so it will last for many years.
If there is potential for veneer in there now, the potential will always be there if I'm successful doing what I'm trying to do. The value of the wood isn't going to drop, if my family ever needed the money for a life threatening health reason, it could be sold. But, aside of that, there's no way my plan to preserve and expose the beauty will ever be swayed.
Would the Hope diamond be worth more if it was cut into hundreds of little diamonds? I don't think so. It would bring a little happiness to a lot of people, but as a hole it draws thousands upon thousands of people to view it in awe.
If I can draw people with this burl, then I can raise funds to help people in need. If I'm able to do this, then all the time and money I've put into it will be well worth it.
If my daughters see people being helped in this way, they may carry it on and maybe my grandchildren will follow as well. Then, maybe in 200 years a veneer manufacturer will pry it from a generation down the road.
That's the only way it will ever be turned into veneer.
I admire your dedication to preserving this unique specimen. And knowing that should it become necessary for the family it's value will still be there is a good point. For now and hopefully for generations to come, the need to cut it up will not come arise and your wish to use it to help people will prosper.
darius wrote:Well, I get slammed for posting my blog too. It's against the AUP. They don't want anyone to read anything that isn't on DG.
Allow me to correct a gross misperception there.
We welcome links to other sites - we always have. But we don't allow - for obvious reasons - people to use our forums to promote themselves or their blogs. It would be like expecting to freely place flyers for your business on every table in your favorite local eatery - people go there to eat, not to be spammed.
And while you are free to disagree, receiving a private note explaining what we removed and why is not "being slammed."
Burlman, our logs show that nothing except a 2006 link to your blog was removed from this thread - I don't see where any post was deleted here.
Thanks for the explanation Terry, I should have read the rules better. The post that went missing was a new thread that I started to tell the folks that were interested, where to see my pictures. I have a hard time posting pictures on websites. I started it around Dec. 1 and it went missing before Dec. 15, and it did include a path to my blog, my bad.
There is absolutely now need for me to promote my blog, I don't benefit in any way when people go there. In fact I only post on there when I have new photos and sometimes
a story to go with it. I know that a lot of Dave's Garen posters are interested in seeing the progression as it happens, they've said so. To me my blog is a user-friendly photo album. That's it.
We recently had someone report there were several spam threads in this forum, so if you had a new thread, it may have been among those I removed. (I didn't look at that, only at the edit logs for this thread since you indicated a post had been removed.)
You are welcome to post a link to your blog on your DG member page (there's a place for posting a link to your site), but we have to fairly and consistently enforce the self-promotion rule for all members when it comes to the forums.
Wow, just found this thread because I don't normally hang out on the woodworking forum ... :) But I am in awe of that burl. In fact, I have always had a fascination for burl ... particularly like the burl coffee tables with glass, etc, but I was totally ignorant of the fact that they were actually part of the root! It is amazing, and if I ever get anywhere close to it, I would love the opportunity to see it in person and would gladly pay to do so!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with everyone!
Thanks Genna, it's finished now and there will be an open house on June 23/24 weekend. It'll be a fund raising event to raise money for a children's hospice. I hope you have a chance to see it one day.
Wow - can you post a picture of the finished project? and what part of Canada are you located in? I HOPE to make a trip to Canada later this year, but not sure that is going to be possible. Still trying to work out details.
I'd like to post pictures on here but always have trouble doing it. If you go to theburlshack.blogspot.com there is lots of pictures on there. I'm on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island, the town of Duncan,B.C.