Burl wood furniture looks incredibly impressive and has a remarkable appearance. The unique grain pattern of the wood is the main feature of burl wood and this type of wood is highly valued by furniture designers and craftsmen.
What is burl wood? What causes wood to burl? What wood species come in burl varieties? We shall give you answers to these questions and show you some magnificent furniture pieces which showcase the elegance of solid wood furniture.
Burl wood furniture design ideas – what is burl wood?
Solid wood furniture pieces are very popular not only in rustic interiors but as a spectacular accent in modern interiors. Burl wood furniture is the perfect choice when you want to add visual interest to your decor as the furniture pieces are very charming and instantly become a conversational topic. Burl wood is defined as tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. Many people think that burls are found only at the stump of the tree, but they can be found throughout the whole tree and even in the branches of the tree. A burl is a rounded outgrowth on the trunk or the branches which is filled with knots, usually from dormant buds. A burl can sometimes be underground as well.
What causes the wood to burl? Burls can appear as a result of many reasons and factors – an injury, virus, fungus, some kind of stress, insect infestation, mold growth or some other unknown reason. Burls, even if underground, are covered by bark and may appear in groups that are connected with roots. Despite the fact that a tree that has developed burls often the tree is still quite healthy and can go on living normally.
Which wood species have burls? Not many wood species develop burls. Typically burl wood is found on Black Oak, Maple, Redwood, Chestnut tree (Buckeye), Walnut, Ironwood, Hawaiian Koa. Some wood species tend to be more susceptible to attacks and develop burl wood while certain types are more resistant and rare which makes them especially valuable.
Burl wood furniture design ideas – warmth and beauty to complement your home
Burl wood furniture designs showcase the intriguing pattern of burl wood in a variety of furniture pieces – dining tables, coffee tables, headboards, chairs and sometimes burl wood can be used as a kitchen countertop. The unique beauty and grain pattern of burl wood are sought after by furniture makers and artists for the original ring pattern and you may see beautiful inlays in a variety of furniture pieces or burl wood veneer. The burl wood pattern is revealed after the burl is cut open. Wood artists say that burl wood is more difficult to work with due to the irregular pattern and the knots and spots in the wood and that the wood is harder to cut, chisel and saw. Most of burl wood furniture pieces are handmade and reveal the remarkable, unusual and intriguing wood grain. Look at the amazing burl wood furniture designs in the gallery below and enjoy!