BUD VASE TURNED FROM BUCKEYE BURL, WITH WATERHOLDING GLASS TUBE INSERT (#6)

February 15, 2023

This bud vase has been turned from a particularly interesting piece of Buckeye Burl, a wood that is becoming increasingly scarce (and thus expensive) because of climate change. It is atypically light in color (the product of extended drought in California) and I've preserved the natural (or "live") edge of burl in the crown of the vase.

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 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 bud vase includes a high-quality, five-inch glass tube insert. The wood was 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.

7" high x 2" dia

$50.

USD

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