Ickebana turned from Buckeye Burl, with waterholding pin barrel
December 11, 2023
This ickebana, with water-holding pin barrel, has been turned from 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. 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 simplyspectacular, like no other burl wood in the world. The variations and shapes in the figure are endlessly fascinating.
The turning has been sealed and finished with a high-quality lacquer to protect the wood from moisture.