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Stigmorgan

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Out doing my daily perimeter walk ar work came across a lovely little surprise, a branch of silver birch has dropped, probably thanks to the strong winds of the last few days, on this branch is a nice sized burr that I've had an eye on since I noticed it a few years ago, the branch looks like it's been dead a year or so, I cut off the excess branch and once I removed all the loose stuff I stuck it in the microwave on defrost for 5 minutes then a few 1minute rounds at full power, I was surprised to see that woodlouse beetles can survive this treatment, there were a dozen or so wandering around the microwave (just as well I'm the only person here 😀)
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I'm not too sure what to do with it, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of it once you discount the branch itself so I'm thinking first cut lengthways through the branch and decide from there how to proceed, I suspect I will only get a few small pieces.
Alternatively do I keep it as one lump and do similar to the last Birch burr I found? What do you guys think?
 

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