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large oak burl10/11
what would you do with this 3ft high 6ft across 3/4 around a 20in black oak
I would saw slabs where I could then cut some blocks for bowl turning.
Burls can be difficult - full of rot, rocks, dirt, voids and so on, but if it is sound it should make some interesting projects.
Based on years of working with them - prepare to be disappointed and be happy if you have a good one.
I have a woodmizer lt 40 I can only cut 24in wide im thinking of sawing burl off of main trunk with my 084 taking the largest piece and 2 smaller pieces off the sides and cross cutting 1 3/4in slabs
I'm thinking you have a good plan BUT I don't get many burls in this area to cut. IF I was going to have to make smaller I would slice off the small round bowl burls first than straight cut off 2 opposite sides of your design choice to fit in the saw and slice the bulk of it in your prefered thicknesses.
Please show more pics when sawn!!!
John, give a lot of weight to what Burl Ives is saying to you. You're a firewood processor. If I were in your shoes I'd process it into firewood. Even if it's a 'good burl' it's still oak. Oak burl is notoriously difficult to dry without much loss to defects.
If it were cherry burl or boxelder burl or almost any other species I'd say pursue it but oak burl is likely to take much of your time and give you little reward in the end.
Just my two.
Would those recommendations apply to white oak as well ?
I can't imagine anything harder to dry than a White Oak burl.