Here is a White Birch staff with a large solid root growth and roots. A birch will often grow a ball on the bottom with a lot of hairy root nodes projecting from it. I don't know if it is considered a burl in this case but regardless it is cool. In the peeling process some of the root nodes were shaved off and some are still pointed and sharp. Yes the paper birch bark had to be stripped because if not it essentially rots from the trapped moisture. It stands 69-3/4" tall and the shaft ranges from 1-1/2" to 2" (and larger) in diameter. The solid mass is about 4" x 5" x 5" tall. The mass and the roots account for the top 10" of the height, and the projecting roots have an area about 7" x 9". It was harvested and peeled on 6/1/21 and a day later it weighs 6# 8 ozs. This one will lighten up considerably but it'll take awhile due to its girth. Hence it shouldn't be sealed until fully seasoned, but it can be used and mostly customized in the interim.(ufws63)
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