Ickibana turned from Buckeye Burl, with capacious water-holding pin barrel
May 4, 2021
This Buckeye Burl ickibana has a perfectly fitted water-holding pin barrel for small arrangements ("ikibana" is the Japanese word for "flower arrangement." an art form in the country). 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, and some brown and orange. This all comes all from the oxidizing of underground minerals the burlhas 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 surface of the turning have been very finely sanded and sealed. After sealing, Danish oil is rubbed into the wood, followed by handrubbing with a combination of carnauba and beeswax in a light solvent. This finish has what I think is a very light and transparent quality.