Could you explain a couple of things about burls to me? How rare are they? If I went into a tract of boreal forest, how long could I expect to look for one? I understand they can get very, very large. Are they difficult to work? Most people who talk about them seem to be turners, but can you do flatwork with them? Is it possible to remove a burl from a tree without killing the tree?
I have to admit I've been in a lot of woods but I don't remember ever seeing a burl, but then, I've never been looking for one.
Thanks for any clarification of my muddification.