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adding value to walnut burls8/31
I have sold many walnut burls for woodturning stock and for gunstock material. I have 200,000-300,000 lbs of burl and more available at the end of the walnut harvest season. They average 500-1200 lbs and up to 40" in diameter. They are not necessarily veneer quality, but they are sound and have a good deal of figure.
I would go for the paper weight market .
just not gust ( product of public schools)
Plllleeeeze tell us that you have all these stored under water.
Isn't that always the trick? I've seen your ads and the burls you have are outstanding. Some things that you might consider.
Hope that's helpful. If I think of more I'll post them. Good luck...Allen
I'm guessing you're somewhere in the Midwest (?). Regardless, you should contact your State Extension Forester and/or State Forester's office. They might be able to give you some leads on potential markets.
One thought would be to market slices or slabs of your burls to school wood shops and craft stores for wood burning projects.
Here is some of Joey's burl quarter-matched in a handscraped wood floor inlay. We have found the material to be pretty easy to dry and work with in 2/4-4/4 thickness. After resawing we stick and press so it dries flat. We have also used this material to make a few matched cabinet door panels as well as patterned parquet and table tops. Joey's burl was just added to a display in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for the Christopher Peacock cabinet gallery. We love all the colors and figure it yields compared to our Midwestern walnut. The one caution about this material is you need to saw it a little thicker than you would plain grain material due to the irregular surface shrinkage during drying. There are few people in the wood floor industry that can provide such a high level of figured material which has given us a competitive edge in our market. Thanks Joey!!!!