“Giant Burl,” Big Trees Park
Santa Cruz County, California
A completely new tree growing from a cut stump. At its base is a giant burl, 6 X 8 feet.
Photograph by Vester Dick
This postcard is postmarked in 1963 with a USA 4 cent Lincoln stamp.
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Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors.
Because of the value of Burls, ancient redwoods in National Parks in Western United States have recently been poached by thieves for their burls, including at Redwood National Forest, a Unesco World Heritage site. Poachers often cut off the burls from the sides of the trunks using chainsaws, which exposes the tree to infection and disease, or fell the entire tree to steal burls higher up.