Enclosed form turened from Buckeye Burl, with inlaid ring of African Blackwood

February 16, 2021

This elegantly shaped and technically challenging enclosed form is made from two wonderfully complementary woods: Buckeye Burl, a root burl from the western U.S. with fantastic figure, and African Blackwood--the premier detail wood available to turners. The turning is very light, with a perfectly turned profile, inside and out.

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.

5.5" dia x 2.5" high