by Area Forester Lisa Deaton
Sometimes trees respond to injuries or stress (such as a virus, fungus, mold, insects) by growing wood “burls.” While they look funny on the outside, the wood grain on the inside can be beautiful and is prized by woodworkers.
The photograph at the top of this article is my 6-foot tall supervisor standing next to a white oak stump with numerous burls.
The burl below is growing on an American beech tree.
As I walked closer, I discovered that this burl is truly unusual. It wraps over the fork in its trunk to the other side of the tree to form a double burl.
This bowl was made from a cherry burl.