Enclosed form turned from Buckeye Burl, with inlaid African Blackwood rim
September 9, 2021
This enclosed form has been turned from a fine piece 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. This turning has been given definition by the inlaying of a ring of African Blackwood, the premier detail wood available to woodturners.