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Mole to tortoise?

This piece of red oak burl was found on a judge’s property in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Burl wood is the tree’s version of the human mole. They cause no harm to the tree and can also be removed without harm. After debarking the burl with dental picks and wire brush, I left the outside natural, then sculpted and polished the inside to display its natural beauty.

The Tortoise
4″ h x 11″ w x 8″ dia
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