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

November 11, 2023

This is an absolutely flawless piece of Buckeye Burl--very dark and with more figure per square inch than I've ever seen before! The foot is Ziricote, a dark subtly figured wood from tropical America.

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 simply spectacular, like no other burl wood in the world.  The variations and shapes in the figure are endlessly fascinating.

The turning was finely sanded and sealed; after sealing, Danish oil was rubbed into the wood, followed by hand-rubbing with a combination of carnauba and beeswax in a light solvent. A final coat of high-quality polyurethane was applied to protect from water stains. This finish has what I think is a very light and transparent quality.

6.5" dia x 1.5" high