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Carving Burls?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ii7-V7, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I'd been thinking about using Burls to carve bridges, tuner ears (whatever you call 'em), knobs, etc.

    What should I know about carving burls? Is it difficult given the funky grain? Will it stand up to being used as a bridge?
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    The fibers are oriented every which different way in burl. It's not the easiest stuff to work and it's not generally very strong though there are exceptions. I would not recommend that you use it for a bridge.