An Interesting Snow Covered Wood Burl

A burl  is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.  A burl results from a tree reacting to stress such as insect infestation or mold infestation.  Burls are the product of a cambium forming within callus tissues—masses of cells that grow over the injured surface of a wound, leading to healing.

Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, sought after by furniture makers,  and wood sculptors. Maple burls are often darker in color than the normal wood, yellow ocher to brown, with many whorls and patterns and an uneven, rough edge.

We encountered this interesting maple burl during a snow shoe day hike looking for the confluence of the Piseco Outlet and the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.  I spotted it from a distance and at 1st glance thought it must be a man-made structure.  We ventured closer for a good look.  It is easily the largest wood burl I have ever seen.



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