Mobiles turned from Buckeye Burl spheroids and steel struts

May 3, 2022

Mobiles are available on a commissioned basis only. They take a tremendous amount of work, and only with the assurance of a sale am I prepared to devote the time necessary. This permits a purchaser to design her/his own configuration, relative size and number of the spheroids...and any other features possible with the materials visible here.

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. They work perfectly in the creation of mobiles.

This spheroid comprises ten spheroids and has conical dimensions of 5 feet by 18 inches.

Price is variable, but this mobile sold for $500.