This display piece has been turned from an especially fine and quite various piece of Buckeye Burl. All the unusual features of Buckeye Burl are in evidence in one place or another, making this an exemplary turning with which to display the wood. (Stand shown is included.)
Buckeye and related species are native to the easternand western United States. Much of it comes from California, hence thebotanical name of this species, Aesculus californica. The timber fromCalifornia and Oregon is not particularly interesting underground, but onceabove ground, Buckeye burl more than makes up for this: the wood is soft, witha palette of grays, whites, blacks, and some brown and orange. This all comesfrom the oxidizing of underground minerals the burl has absorbed. The patternsthat are generated by these colors are simply spectacular, like no other burlwood in the world. The variations and shapes in the figure are endlesslyfascinating.
The turning was finely sanded and sealed; after sealing, Danish oil was rubbed into the wood, followedby 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.