I'm totally enamored with burl wood.
The pattern of burl wood is the result of damage to the tree (bugs, fungus, stress) and it's pretty rare. And so beautiful!
I'd love to see this antique burl walnut in person. It was posted to Craigslist New Orleans, I can only imagine the kind of treasures you can find on that site. Amazing!
Do you like the burled look, or would you paint right over it?