A burl is an abnormal growth on a tree and sometimes these burls can cover a large amount of a tree. These are the logs we look for when building a burl pool table. Most of the logs for these tables originate from the Wind River Range in Wyoming. In addition to Wyoming, Colorado is another location we source these logs. Some of my favorite burl pool tables that we have built were from trees that were killed in a wildfire. When these logs are all sanded up and finished they have some really unique colors and character.
Once we get the logs they need to be pressure washed to remove the bark. After they are washed they are milled into usable stock for a pool table. Once those steps are complete we actually do some building. A burl table takes approximately 200 man hour to complete, and due to the irregular shapes the sanding process consumes a large number of hours. The Billiards Congress of America recommends the use of hardwoods for the top rails, and we agree. On most of the burl pool tables we have built Alder, Maple, or Cherry have been the most popular. This is because the colors of those woods match up with the burl logs nicely. However, you can chose to use a darker wood such as Walnut for a wonderful contrast, the choice is yours.
Playing surface: 3 pieces of 1″ thick Italian slate backed with 3/4″ MDF
Top rails: Solid hardwood of your choice with K-66 cushions
Pockets: The pockets we use are actually called buckets and come from Hood Leather.
The burl table is more of a rustic design, if you are looking for something more contemporary one of our live edge pool tables may be a better fit. If you have a design in mind and would like to explore to options of having it built, we would love to hear from you.