Ickibana turned from Buckeye Burl, with water-holding pin barrel

April 4, 2021

This ickibana turned from Buckeye Burl has harvested just in time, as insects had begun to feast. All the boring holes have been filled with cyanoacrylate glue and find sanding dust, creating an interesting pattern within the large beautiful figure of the turning. 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 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.

The surface of the turning have been very finely sandedand 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.

7" dia x 2.5" h