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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:45 am

...I think I'd be in business.
This log just came in to one of our company's veneer mills last week. The burl wraps all the way around the trunk.
I tried to get a picture for scale, but it was raining something fierce so I just took one shot and ran, getting little but my big fat head. Anyway, that big fat head hangs about 5 foot, 9 inches high, and that burl comes a little higher than my nose. One big hunk o' uglywood!
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:42 am

That is one big knotted craggy mess. Impressive oak tree too.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:44 am

Oak burl doesn't make good pipes, but it makes beautiful bowls!

Todd
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:20 am

That's pretty cool looking! A chainsaw around here would've cut it a bit higher losing the best part.

Jim...thinking the pic would make a good Stormy 1903 commercial
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:51 am

Cool looking burl GK, nice Kromer 1903 too...I wear one in grey.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:22 am

...still laughing at Jefe's subtle craptalkin'... Laughing

Indeed, nice Kromer. Never owned one myself, always liked the way they look.

Also, nice oak burl. Seriously, I say keep a chunk and make a pipe stand out of it or something.

Or find a big mud puddle and bury it for about 1,000-2,000 years and have a burl of bog oak. Laughing



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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:24 pm

jefe1037 wrote:
That is one big knotted craggy mess. Impressive oak tree too.

lol! And here I thought the first smart-arsed response would be something like "big hunk o' uglywood? That's what SHE said!" Thank you, sir, for the laughs.

Gentlemen, it's always nice to meet someone who knows a Stormy Kromer when he sees one. Thanks for the compliments.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:16 pm

taharris wrote:
Oak burl doesn't make good pipes, but it makes beautiful bowls!

Todd

Now all you have to decide is... do you make one ENORMOUS bowl or a bunch of small ones. Hmm...
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:03 pm

Wow thats cool....its one LARGE tamper... lol!
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:37 am

‘tis indeed to bad, though I do agree with the concept of a pipe stand or rack.

In addition to the hat, which is nice and you wear it well, I am liking that pipe you are sporting.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:04 pm

kieveryuu wrote:
‘tis indeed to bad, though I do agree with the concept of a pipe stand or rack.

If it isn't already destroyed, sending workable chunks to some of the woodworkin' fellas here would produce some nice items, methinks. Cool

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PostSubject: Oak burl,   Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:53 pm

Nice burl ! I have a fair idea of the logging business myself . What species of oak is that anyway. The bark doesn't look like anything we have here.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:53 pm

Nice wood.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:39 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
If it isn't already destroyed, sending workable chunks to some of the woodworkin' fellas here would produce some nice items, methinks. Cool


Taharris already asked me about that. As much as I'd love to hook a brother up, I just can't do it. "Destroyed" is a bit of a harsh word, Kyle. Maybe that pile of scrap behind it gave the wrong impression. At the moment, it's sitting at a veneer mill that's not equipped to handle "oddities". We're searching for a buyer right now within the industry; hopefully a specialty mill. It's not that Joe Public's money's no good, but there are business relationships to be maintained. We hope to let it go at below-market price to one our clients as a purchase incentive on a much larger order. By "below-market", I'm still talking somewhere in the mid four-figure range. If it gets veneered, It'll most likely wind up on the walls of some oil sheik's palace. No joke. Sorry to disappoint all the turners and carvers out there. I just thought it was kinda cool, and thought you all might like to see it.
-G

p.s. Tim: It's common Canadian Red.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:57 am

kieveryuu wrote:
In addition to the hat, which is nice and you wear it well, I am liking that pipe you are sporting.

Thanks, Kievryuu. Not bad for 12 bucks on eBay, eh? A nice little saddlebit squat Rhodesian. Probably my favorite work pipe. It's almost too nice for the log yard, but as sturdy as it is, it seems almost indestructible. It's got a Kaywoodie-style stinger that actually passes a pipe cleaner, and screws into a metal lined shank. Since the stem-to-shank connection is metal-on-metal, I don't really worry about taking it apart whether it's hot or cold. A good "field pipe" all around.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:10 pm

Truthfully, the fact it'll get used is good enough by me. Cool Yeah, I just thought it was going to be shitcanned because the machinery couldn't handle it and it'd become firewood or mulch. Laughing
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:17 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Truthfully, the fact it'll get used is good enough by me. Cool Yeah, I just thought it was going to be shitcanned because the machinery couldn't handle it and it'd become firewood or mulch. Laughing

Believe, me: if this was ever sent to the scrap heap, a large portion of it would find its way to my truck first! In case anyone's interested, nearly all the waste product of veneer production, even sawdust, is burned to fuel the boilers that power the plant.
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PostSubject: Re: If only oak burl made good pipes...   Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:24 pm

George Kaplan wrote:

Believe, me: if this was ever sent to the scrap heap, a large portion of it would find its way to my truck first! In case anyone's interested, nearly all the waste product of veneer production, even sawdust, is burned to fuel the boilers that power the plant.

Kind of cool, actually, how industries/companies repurpose, recycle and reuse their "waste." Some people think this is a new idea. Laughing
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