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burl

1. a small knot or lump in wool
2. a roundish warty outgrowth from the trunk, roots, or branches of certain trees

burl

A decorative pattern in wood caused by adjacent knots. See also: Wood

Burl

 

a distinctive excresence of the trunks, branches, and roots of leafy and, more rarely, coniferous trees. Burls apparently develop as a result of the damage done to trees by fires, fungi, and pasturing cattle. They appear where there is an overabundance of shoots and where dormant buds and adventitious buds grow closely together. In these areas of the tree there is also an intense development of cordate rays with the formation of tracheidal flexures and wood fibers (cross-grained wood). The wood in a burl grows 1½ to 3 times faster than the normal wood of a tree; it is also heavier and harder. The planes exposed after cutting have beautiful patterns. Burls are used by joiners, carvers, and turners as material for the production of small articles. The wood from burls is also used for veneers. Walnut burls, which reach a diameter of 1.5-2 m, are particularly valuable. In the USSR, walnut burls are found mainly in Middle Asia and, occasionally, in the Caucasus. Birch, linden, and alder burls are used in the production of particularly small items.

burl

[bərl]
(botany)
A hard, woody outgrowth on a tree, usually resulting from the entwined growth of a cluster of adventitious buds.
(materials)
In lumber or veneer, a localized severe distortion of the grain that is generally rounded in outline.

burl

1. An abnormal growth or protuberance on a tree. Also called knur, knurl.
2. Wood veneer cut from burls.
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Yager said redwood burl yields all kinds of figures from a simple curl similar to curly maple, to a bee's wing and a cat's paw, and a blister.
However, he adds, the walnut burl "is cost effective and offers a nice contrast in colors.
Mappa burl is used in factory and aftermarket dashboards in both high-end and low-end applications," says Clift.
of Shelbywood, KY, compares myrtle burl's looks to those of white ash burl in "Veneers -- A Fritz Kohl Handbook.
Vavona burl is so exotic looking it is hard to believe it originates from the massive root area of what is commonly called sequoia.
In "Veneers, A Fritz Kohl Handbook," produced by the Fritz Kohl Veneer Mill in Germany, amboyna burl is described as "one of the rarest and most expensive woods in the world," adding that "the burly part of the log is often very small.
describes mappa as a burl from Central Europe that is white to brownish-green in color.
The six counts dismissed earlier were four counts of forgery against both defendants and two counts of eavesdropping against Burl Looney.
The dictionary defines burl as an abnormal wart-like growth or excrescence, often produced by stooling.
Arrested Christmas Eve at his daughter's Palmdale home, Burl Looney posted $65,000 bail and was released.
According to Frye, burr is the antiquated name or Old English term and burl is the common, contemporary description for an abnormal wart-like growth or excrescence which is often produced by stooling.
Another sample is a tall, brown, vaselike piece with lacy looking cutouts, made from a manzanita burl.