Ickebana turned from Buckeye Burl, with water-holding pin barrel #7

January 1, 2022

The ickebana that appears here was turned from a fine example of of Buckeye Burl (the capacious water-holding pin barrel is included). 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.

4.5" dia x 2" high