Ickebana turned from Buckeye Burl, with capacious water-holding pin barrel
November 4, 2021
The ickebana that appears here was turned from a unusually light-colored and fantastically figured 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 name of this species (Aesculus californica). The timber from California and Oregon is not particularly interesting underground; but in its burl form (above ground), 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 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 example of Buckeye seems to be almost like marble with its color and figure. The water-holding pin-barrel is quite capacious.