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Tristan Croll
5th Nov 2001, 07:19 PM
A few months ago I was out bushwalking at Mt Barney. Having just come down from the summit, I was walking along the access road when I passed the burnt-out remains of a redgum. Lying in the ashes was a beautiful large burl (about 25cm x 30 cm x 20 cm deep), completely untouched by the flames. Realising its potential, I carted it out the last few kilometres in my pack (it seemed to weigh a tonne after the hike http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/eek.gif ).
It's been lying under my house ever since, waiting for me to find the time to do something with it. Having finally finished my degree (in just over a month I'll graduate as a fully qualified chemical engineer http://ubb.ubeaut.com.au/ubb/eek.gif ), I now have enough time to pull it out. However, I realised pretty quickly that I have neither the equipment nor, I'm sad to say, the expertise to do it justice.
So, I was wondering if there was anybody a little more well equipped and experienced than me in the Brisbane area, who would be willing to devote a few hours of their time to giving a bit of advice and the use of their workshop to a self-confessed, but very enthusiastic, amateur?

Bruce Bell
6th Nov 2001, 07:09 AM
Hi Triston from my experience if it is red gum burl it will either be good or very poor. You have to go through a lot of red gum burl to find a good one. Others may beg to differ.