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I have an ash tree with a burl around the base of it. The tree is dying and I have heard that a burl should be harvested green. If I were to sell it what should I aim to get for it. See the attached photos for size. Thank you!

ash would burl

burl height

burl width

burl depth

  • Hi, welcome to StackExchange. This is impossible to answer in terms of actual value, but is it worth anything? Yeah, pretty much any wood is worth something to somebody especially when it comes to wood turners, who are (collectively, not individually) rather famous for trying to use almost everything they can get their hands on :-) and the more figured the wood the better, so in general they'd be all over this. However wood turners are also famously tightwads, and prefer as much as possible to get their wood for free.... I am grossly overgeneralising here, but hopefully you see my point. – Graphus Jul 22 at 8:56
  • That all makes sense. I guess I’m just mostly wanting to know a range but I understand if that isn’t really possible. – jseymour186 Jul 22 at 13:43
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    @Graphus there was a question a month or two ago about a walnut tree that had already been cut down. Someone mentioned it would have been worth more if it had been left in longer lengths than sectioned. Are there recommendations for maximizing the value of the burl? Should it be dug up/cut down, prepared or preserved in any particular way? Are there things that should not be done? – FreeMan Jul 22 at 15:11
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    We can't speculate on price, unfortunately. Turners will want the whole thing green in order to cut down their own blanks as they like (because you get different interesting grain perpendicular or parallel to the grain) even if they may then seal those blanks and let them dry. Check your local online classified and see what people are willing to pay in your area. Note that many turners are often able to get the "come to my house and take it away if you want for free" deals in many places, so your offer may have to compete with free. – jdv Jul 22 at 19:31
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    If your tree is dying it could very well be the result of Emerald Ash Borer. This bug has devastated the Ash species in many areas and transporting this species is illegal in some parts of the country because of the risk of spreading the pest to new areas. – Ashlar Jul 23 at 14:57

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