The Beauty of Burl Wood for Woodworking
11th Feb 2022
Burl wood comes in a variety of options and patterns to fit the requirements of your custom woodworking project. With each piece of burl wood, you get unique lines, swirls, and patterns, thus making your woodworking project can become a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Burl wood provides you the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pieces simply because no two pieces of burl are exactly alike. These burls are prized for their unique figuring in the grain, including swirling, eyes, and contrast. Why are they so unique and also rare? Simply put, burl wood grows as a genetic defect on trees in response to damage on another part of the tree, which usually occurs at the top. That damage could have occurred due to a virus, fungus, injury, or even insects. The result is intense grain patterns and colors that end up creating a wood that is splendid to work with and beautiful to the eye.
Burls help maintain balance within the tree, allowing it to recover and thrive after dealing with damage or disease. They often appear as a large, knobby-looking growth, but that growth hides some incredible beauty. Your pieces end up being artistic while reflecting how nature can turn injury and damage into beauty with just a little elbow grease.
Burls are found in two primary areas on any type of tree. The first is underground near the base of the tree and just above its root structure. The second is up on the trunks. The burls found up the trunk are known as aerial burls and are typically smaller than base burls. Both of these types of burl wood can be used in a variety of woodworking projects, depending on the size and end use of your woodworking project.
Our burl wood options provide beautiful patterns and colors throughout its wood grain, appealing to your inner artist. Additionally, burls are not limited to just one particular wood species. That means a burl can be created on your favorite wood species, incorporating the unique colors, grains, and textures often associated with that type of wood. Our team can help you find the right color combination to suit your requirements, as well as help you to determine if burl wood is the right fit for your project. If you have a commissioned wood piece, we can find the best wood to highlight the overall details of the piece.
As you work with burl, your woodworking project can benefit from the beauty of deep reddish tones, which compliment various rustic and modern designs. Each burl wood pattern draws the eye to both the light and dark aspects of the burl, making it an amazing wood to use for creating furniture or other custom artistic pieces for decorating your home or office. We can custom mill any burl wood to suit your needs, so you don’t need to feel limited to one size or length.
Our team is focused on providing the quality burl wood in a variety of sizes. Not finding exactly what you are looking for? We would love to discuss your project and assist you in finding the right burl to meet your needs. Contact us today!
Global Wood Source is a family-owned and operated lumber yard and mill specializing in exotic woods from around the world and rare domestics. We personally acquire and inspect each piece of log and timber obtained from forests and jungles worldwide.