if it’s what I’m thinking of, those are called Burls if you’re murrican or Burrs if you’re from pretty much literally anywhere else
It’s less of a disease in itself and more like a sign of a disease. Usually fungal infections fuck up the tree growth and cause them
People actually steal them sometimes because some of them are super valuable. They make really cool looking carved stuff and are really dense.
what the fuck. they just chop the ass right off a tree and sell it to the tree ass black market. that’s brutal
That’s… Yeah, that’s actually pretty accurate.
People have actually been arrested for it and redwood national park gets blocked off at night because people stealing and selling tree ass on the black market is such a big problem
requesting backup for a 376 in process, that’s right we’ve got a tree ass jacker here
Burls actually do make some amazingly pretty bowls though! The direction of the wood grain gets all jacked up when trees form burls, so if you cut a burl open you’ll find really pretty swirly wood. My grandpa and dad both turn wood on occasion. I have many bowls made out of tree butts in my home.
You have now created a Holy Shit elemental.