Enclosed form turned from Buckeye Burl with rim of African Blackwood
October 2, 2020
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This enclosed form is turned from a very challenging piece of Buckeye Burl: bits of stone (which quickly dull turning tools), bark inclusions, and other items. But Buckeye Burl is always worth struggling with. Buckeye and related species are native to the eastern and western United States. Much of it comes from California, hence the name of this species. 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.
African Blackwood is the premier detail wood available to woodturners: it is very hard and dense, and takes extremely fine cuts from turning tools.