Hollow form turned from Buckeye Burl

February 20, 2023

This hollow form has been turned from a fine, indeed spectacular piece of Buckeye Burl. I’ve never worked with a finer turning blank of this wood. The golden/yellow color that appears in only the finest burl blanks is especially prominent here.

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, golden yellow, and some 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.The walls of the hollow form, with its classic profile, have been turned to a very thin dimension, all through the half inch hole at the center.

It 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 a very light and transparent quality. For decorative use only.

5” dia x 4.5” high