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What is "burl" ? What is that made from, mostly ? roots, or something else ? Is there a preferred tree that burl is from , or just anything that is like that, to make things with "burl" ?

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  • What is "burl" ? What is that made from, mostly ? roots, or something else ? Is there a preferred tree that burl is from , or just anything that is like that, to make things with "burl" ?

    there is an Ibanez at the local pawn place, it is burl. $600.00. It looks very much like an OK thing, to me. I have no photo of that, there, but it is burl, I do believe. What is burl ?

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    A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is usually found on the trunk, at the base of the tree, and sometimes underground in the form of a rounded outgrowth. It is caused by some kind of stress, such as injury, virus, fungus, insect infestation or mold growth.

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      burl is the effect of incorrect growth of wood which affects the grain, tending toward a knot-like swirl.
      It is not a specific type of wood, but the appearance that is referred to as 'burl' or 'burled'. 'Bird's-eye' maple is a burled wood.

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      Originally posted by daddymack View Post
      burl is the effect of incorrect growth of wood which affects the grain, tending toward a knot-like swirl.
      It is not a specific type of wood, but the appearance that is referred to as 'burl' or 'burled'. 'Bird's-eye' maple is a burled wood.

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      I read some wood finishing books before I did my Carvins and apparently wood guys distinguish between "figure" which is the distinctive coloration - flame/quilt/burl etc..., and "grain" which pertains to the actual cell structure and alignment.
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      • #5
        Definition of burl

        1 : a knot or lump in thread or cloth

        2a : a hard woody often flattened hemispherical outgrowth on a tree
        b : veneer made from burls
        Burl maple usually comes from a maple trunk that's either wounded, genetically defective or improperly healed. It can make for some one of a kind, truly astounding looking grains when finished naturally.

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        Birds eye maple (sugar maple) is in the same category but on a much smaller scale. Its a natural occurrence caused when the tree attempts to grow new branches but fails dur to poor growing conditions. Knots from these failed attempts create a swirl in the wood and are very attractive when finished. Birds Eye is especially favored for necks because the knotty eyes are harder and denser and the wood resonates well. Its highly valued for its tone and unique patterns, and because it more rare then other types of fast growth maple.

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        Because Birds eye is rare allot of woods get sold as Birds eye which should actually be called Burl.

        This for example is obviously Burl given its extreme twisted grains. If it does contain some birds eyes it could be called Birds Eye Burl. It likely came from a damaged Sugar Maple which was also stressed during growth. Still its a beautiful natural grain and the semantics between Birds Eye or Burl is chiefly a description of what you see in the grain.

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        • #6
          Paying extra for defects that look interesting LOL!
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            And don't get me started on 'spalted'! Next trend they'll be touting termite damage!

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          Burl was a folksinger, most famous for his covers of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

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          • #8
            Originally posted by Malcolm Ramone View Post
            Paying extra for defects that look interesting LOL!
            Well now, Malcolm, I gotta disagree.

            I'm currently having an OM (acoustic) built that has some lovely silking in the grain of its Sitka top. This is also a "defect", so to speak.

            What's wrong with liking wood that's different, interesting and beautiful?

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            • #9
              Originally posted by Danocoustic View Post
              Burl was a folksinger, most famous for his covers of "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
              I remember him mostly for "Holly Jolly Christmas." He was also an actor of some note.
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              • #10
                Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
                I remember him mostly for "Holly Jolly Christmas." He was also an actor of some note.
                You'd think I'd remember that, considering where I live (Holly MI).

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by Danocoustic View Post
                  What's wrong with liking wood that's different, interesting and beautiful?
                  Music is only very selectively about aesthetics. Whichever aesthetics I'm not interested in shouldn't exist.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Blackface View Post

                    Music is only very selectively about aesthetics. Whichever aesthetics I'm not interested in shouldn't exist.
                    Music isn't about aesthetics? Really? What's it about, then---architecture? Mathematics?

                    Tangentially, I agree with your second statement. I do NOT understand why the world isn't focused on MY immediate gratification

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by Danocoustic View Post
                      Music isn't about aesthetics? Really? What's it about, then---architecture? Mathematics?

                      Tangentially, I agree with your second statement. I do NOT understand why the world isn't focused on MY immediate gratification

                      "Not about aesthetics" means you don't appreciate music with your eyes. You can't judge an actor's performance by reading Shakespeare, you have to watch and listen. The color or grain or whatever of someone's guitar shouldn't affect my perception of how it sounds or how well he/she plays. Use your ears for that.
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                        I want to see someone who says only the sound matters to actually back up their statement and only play unpainted pieces of square wood.
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                          Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
                          "Not about aesthetics" means you don't appreciate music with your eyes. You can't judge an actor's performance by reading Shakespeare, you have to watch and listen. The color or grain or whatever of someone's guitar shouldn't affect my perception of how it sounds or how well he/she plays. Use your ears for that.
                          "Aesthetics" isn't limited to only one sense.

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