Researchers studying a remote section of the Pindos mountains in northern Greece have discovered a grove of ancient trees untouched for more than 1,000 years. The dozen millennium-old trees, all Bosnian pines, include one specimen that first set down roots at least 1,075 years ago.
This gnarly old giant exhibits a profusion of burls, burl being an abnormal growth of wood caused by injury, infestation, or fungus intrusion. The wood pattern can become very convoluted and confused in burl wood, which can occur on all types of trees being a condition of wood not a variety of wood. When such trees are cut down (if they haven't fallen, hopefully), bowls can be made from the burls. ~ Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden ~ find her on facebook