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Elizabeth Lindau
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Cutting down tree for turning?
Jan 12th, 2020 at 7:53am
 
Hello,

I have a maple tree in my backyard that is sadly dying and needs to come down.

The tree has two large burls in the trunk.

Since I have to cut down the tree I’d like to save the burls and have them turned into a bowl, or used for something.

Is there anything special I should ask the tree guys to do to make the wood useable for turning?

Thank you.
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Re: Cutting down tree for turning?
Reply #1 - Jan 12th, 2020 at 12:26pm
 
I would request that they leave about 1 diameter of tree trunk past the end of the burl on each side of the burl.  That will help reduce any checking into the burl.

You may want to contact the local AAW chapter.  They may have someone who can do it for you and even get the bowl turned for the donation of the other burl.

Good Luck!
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Re: Cutting down tree for turning?
Reply #3 - Jan 12th, 2020 at 8:22pm
 
My suggestion is to find the turner and coordinate with the arborist and turner beforehand.
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Re: Cutting down tree for turning?
Reply #4 - Jan 15th, 2020 at 7:43pm
 
Have some of the product Anchorseal on hand to paint the end grain with to prevent checking. Paint the ends as soon as you can after it is cut.
I cut my logs an inch or two longer than the log is wide.
Then split the log down the middle. Paint the ends with Anchorseal, and store it like that until ready to cut the blank and turn it.
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Reply #5 - Jan 16th, 2020 at 7:40am
 
Thanks for the input, everyone!
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Re: Cutting down tree for turning?
Reply #6 - Jan 23rd, 2020 at 9:27pm
 
Personally I would keep the whole tree since I do not have any hard maple around here.

On cutting up the burl have the cutter cut 2" wider on each side and half way thru the trunk of the tree to relieve the burl.  That way you can wax the end of the wood for slower drying.

On cutting up the tree for bowls  I will start with this.

If the tree base is 20" then have him/her cut up to 24" long or about 4" longer that way even by applying Anchorseal you can still cut off any cracks on the ends and get two 20" bowls from it.

Also if it is a 10" thick trunk cut at 14" thick to get two 10" bowls.

I have hundreds of walnut trees and get tired of turning it so I will trade you some.  Smiley
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