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Woodworkers Challenge

April 5, 2013
By Karen Livsey - Archivist ( , The Post-Journal

Burls on trees are created as the tree defends itself from viruses, insects and other environmental stresses. These are not usually fatal to the tree and the burl continues to grow as the tree grows. The grain and the other markings in the wood of the burl are not the normal grain pattern of the wood from that type of tree. Instead the patterns within each burl are many different curves, curlicues, and strange markings that are revealed as a craftsman creates a "bowl" from a burl cut from a tree.



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