Hollow form turned from Buckeye Burl No. 6

December 7, 2020

This hollow form was turned from a small but wonderfully figured piece of Buckeye Burl, and includes a striking bark enclosure. He hole used to hollow out the form is very small (less than half an inch), and yet the completed turning is almost feather light, with very thin wall.

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. 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.

3" dia x 2"h