Turning Archive 2007
Robert D. Macgregor
>For some reason, Linden was a popular landscape tree hereabouts long enough ago for the trees to be fairly large now. I noticed that a lot of the lindens along the city streets (nearly all, actually) have substantial knobby growths around the base. I suspect these come from the tree responding to mechanical damage over the years (mowers, weed whips and the like), but it is common to see a tree that is two feet dbh, but five or six feet in diameter at knee height! These growths also frequently have epicormic sprouts.
Periodically (at least one or two per summer), the city will remove one of these large, old trees. Is linden any good for turning? Are these large, warty growths just burls? Does anybody out there have examples of linden turnings?