These candle holders hollow form has been turned from a fine blanks of wonderfully Buckeye Burl. Buckeye and related species are native to the eastern and western United States. Much of it comesfrom California, hence the botanical name of this species, AesculusCalifornica. The timber from California and Oregon is not particularly interesting underground, but once above ground, Buckeye burl more than makes upfor 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.
The candle holders have metal liners for protection. They werefinely sanded and sealed; after sealing, Danish oil wasrubbed into the wood, followed by hand rubbing with a combination of carnauba and beeswax in a light solvent. Finally, two coats of high-quality polyurethane were applied to provide extra protection to the tops of the holders.