Bowl turned from Buckeye Burl

August 21, 2022

This bowl, with an ogee profile, has been turned from an one of the very finest pieces of Buckeye Burl I've every worked with. It is alive with figure--and has countless "eyes" more common in other burl woods. 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 fromCalifornia 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 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.

The walls of the bowl have been turned to a thin dimension and the finely sanded and sealed; after sealing, Danish oil was rubbed into the wood, followed by hand-rubbing with a combination of carnauba and beeswax in a light solvent.This finish has what I think is a very light and transparent quality.

6.5" dia  x  2.5"h