Milling Australian Burl

Blue Gum - Australian Burl

Our State Representative Jim Whitaker recently went to the Maleny Wood Show. While at the show he milled up a Blue Gum (Forest Red Gum) Burl with his Peterson Clip On Slabber. He salvaged the Australian Burl from a tree that had been pushed over by a bulldozer about 100km from his home town in Queensland, Australia.

A burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burls are the product of a cambium and results from a tree undergoing some form of stress weather environmental or introduced by humans.

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  1. Aaron says:

    Hi Dave, yes Swamp Kauri logs are spectacular especially the large ones.
    I haven’t milled any Swamp Kauri personally but over the years we have had a quite few Peterson owners send photo’s through of them milling or slabbing large Swamp Kauri logs.

  2. Dave Dick says:

    I live in Canada. While visiting some cousins in NZ we came across some “swamp Kauri” north of Auckland. Have you ever milled any of these magnificent logs?
    Dave Dick

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