Ickibana turned from Buckeye Burl, with water-holding pin barrel No. 5

December 3, 2020

Buckeye Burl, properly sealed and finished, is a superb turning wood for ickibanas (the Japanese word for "flower arrangement," and transliterated by several different spellings). 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. 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 rich 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 (unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain high-quality Buckeye Burl).  The variations and shapes in the figure are endlessly fascinating. (This ickibana is flat on the bottom, so small felt risers have been applied.)

6" dia x 2 "high