Bud vase turned from Buckeye Burl, with large glass tube insert
February 19, 2021
A strikingly figure tall piece of Buckeye Burl was the occasion for the turning of this bud vase. The glass tube insert is 6" tall and 1' in diameter--quite capacious!
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 in its burl (above ground) form, Buckeye 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.
6.5" high x 2" dia