What exactly is a burl?

If you're interested in woodworking, you may have heard the term "wood burl" before. But what exactly is a burl, and why is it so prized by woodworkers and collectors alike?

In simple terms, a burl is a growth on a tree that results in a unique, irregular pattern of wood grain. Burls can form on many types of trees, but they are most commonly found on hardwoods such as maple, oak, and walnut.

Burls can form for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they are the result of a tree undergoing stress or injury, such as damage from a storm or an insect infestation. In other cases, they may be caused by a genetic mutation or other anomaly in the tree's growth pattern.

Regardless of how they form, burls are highly prized for their unique and often stunning patterns of wood grain. Woodworkers and collectors alike seek out burls for use in furniture, art, and other decorative objects.

Because of their irregular shapes and patterns, burls can be challenging to work with. They often require careful planning and a high level of skill to transform them into finished pieces. However, the results can be truly breathtaking, with each piece showcasing the unique beauty of the burl's grain pattern.

At Lively Lumber LLC, we specialize in sourcing and milling high-quality wood claro walnut burls. We typically source these burls from local walnut orchards in California's central valley. Whether you're a woodworker looking to incorporate a stunning burl into your next project or a collector looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of art, feel free to contact us today to learn more about our selection of wood burls and custom sawmill services.