Bud vase turned from Buckeye Burl, with water-holding glass tube

August 30, 2022

This bud vase has a four and a half inch glass tube of high quality. It is perfectly fitted in a vase form of Buckeye Burl. 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.

The walls of the turning have been very finely sanded and sealed. After sealing, Danish oil is 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" high x 2" dia