Bowl turned from Buckeye Burl

June 8, 2022

Rarely is a piece of Buckeye so perfect and stable as the blank from which this bowl was turned. That perfection and stability permitted this ogee profile, with very thing walls, in the manner of acclaimed British woodturner Bert Marsh (a source of continual inspiration for me in my own work).

Buckeye and related species are native to the eastern and western United States. Much of it comes from California, hence the botanical name of this species, Aesculus californica. The timber from California and Oregon is not particularly interesting underground, but once above ground, Buckeye burl more than makes up for this: the wood is soft, with a palette of grays, whites, blacks, and some brown and orange. This all comes all from the oxidizing of underground minerals the burl has absorbed.The patterns that are generated by these colors are simply spectacular, like no other burl wood in the world. The variations and shapes in the figure are endlessly fascinating.

5"dia x 4" h