Here are some photos of a very nice burl I salvaged from the tree trimmers scrap pile. Its from a crape myrtle tree. I'm going to let this baby dry for a few years and make something nice. It has no defects or cracks. It looks like its going to be highly figured from the swirling and bubbly appearance of the outside. In this very dry climate it should be ready to cut in 2 years or so. I've used the limb sections like the one attached to the burl for knife/tool handles and it drys very nice and I never had a problem with cracks. The wood has a nice solid grain and carves like poplar.
Dexter Russell fleshing knife
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