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Thread: Massive Oak Mutation

  1. #1
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    Feb 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Massive Oak Mutation

    I couldn't resist posting this. I was on a walk through a local park this last Sunday, and we ran across this "little" surprise. Man oh man, the woodturner in me just about flipped his lid. This growth was at the base of an oak tree.

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  2. #2
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    This seems appropriate. I'll just leave it here.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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  3. #3
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    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Man now that's nice. I thought this one was nice at about 42', but man o man where's my chain saw. Now this one is mine as the guy who has it told me he'll take it down for me.Click image for larger version. 

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  4. #4
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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    That would be sweet!

    Here is a similar piece my cousin (logger/lumber broker in SW OR) rescued - Big leaf maple, 14300lbs!!
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  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    The first picture sort of looks like the roots were girdling the tree without killing it. I actually know where there are several trees like that with similar growths that were planted next to a sidewalk on a school campus and they all have massive bark covered growths encircling the base of the tree.

    The others pictured, I would guess, are true root burls. I would like a shot at turning any of them.
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Very cool.

  8. #8
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    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    I don't have a picture, so no one will believe me, but there's a tree in Duesen Park on the East side of Houston that I used to pass every day
    on the way to work... it was too far off the street to sneak in some night, but there must have been a dozen or more burls on the tree... from the base all the way up the trunk, most looked to be the size of a basketball or bigger.
    Tellico Plains, TN
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  9. #9
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    Feb 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    If only I could take a chainsaw to this one. I generally like the idea of leaving healthy trees standing, but this one tempts me. You guys who have had a shot at a growth like this make me jealous.

    - Hutch

    No longer associated with Woodcraft. That's right, I am now a full time woodworker!

  10. #10
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    This seems appropriate. I'll just leave it here.
    Yep, my brains are definitely leaking out. It took me four or five seconds to get that.

    Just remember to not grow old---because your brains leak out.

    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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