The wood junkie does it again.

More than 90 board feet of burl, in the flesh.

“You know what, Colin? I have literally tons of turning wood at home. I just don’t see myself getting any more. I don’t know where I’d put it”.

Yes. These were my exact words to my friend Colin on our way home from an Avalino Samual demo at the GV guild hall yesterday. I was serious, too. Dead serious.

Fifteen minutes after I got home I got a call from my new maple bandit (actually, he has one of only two valid permits in BC for cutting maple on crown land) saying that he had just cut some bird’s eye maple and was on his way by. Would I like to have a look at it?…..long pause…. “OK.”

One of the caps.

Half an hour later he pulled into the yard with a load of the best burl I have ever seen. And big, too! One hundred percent perfect burl. How could I say no? My resistance just got up and went. Before I knew it I had a pile of the most beautiful burl in my driveway. My pocket was lighter but not by much considering the haul. I got it for about 1/3 of what I would pay at my regular supplier.

The best part; he called one of his regular purchasers first but he wasn’t home. He was at the demo, too, and I had been sitting beside him all day.  Sorry, Rich. You snooze, you loose. Shouldn’t have stopped for that pint on the way home. 🙂

Hard to see if you aren’t a wood junkie, but this is the best burl you will ever lay eyes on.

Now to rearrange my loft yet again to get this stuff stored and prepared for turning. 🙁

As always,  I encourage your comments and questions, so please refer to the tag line at the bottom of the article to post a comment. And if you are Rich S., don’t bother to call to whine. It’s all mine. 🙂

About Ed Pretty

I am a professional woodturner, specializing in gallery work, commercial work, teaching and demonstrating. I have been turning since 1958, so... a long time. I use this site to present my work to the public at large and to let people know that I am available for teaching private lessons in woodturning. Wood turning is one of my passions (the other is motorcycle touring). It is my desire to pass on everything that I have learned over the years to others so that the craft of woodturning will grow.
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