The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Burly Burl

tumblr_mu3h0g5wOb1sjhohlo4_1280An enormous burl is forming on one of the large Jarrah trees in the forest. The burl wood is highly sought after by woodworkers because of the grain patterns (figuring and chatoyance) and colouring. It can look a bit like tiger’s eye gemstones or birds eye maple. We wouldn’t think about cutting the tree down, but if it falls over in our life time, it will put a little money into the retirement fund. The “ballpark” figure is $5 per kilo and this would weigh well over a tonne. The burl forms when the tree is stressed or injured by insects, fungus or mechanical means.

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