Sculptural form turned from edge of Buckeye Burl slab, with Ziricote base

February 13, 2021

There was so much figure in this thin slab of Buckeye Burl, and it preserved the burl's exterior in such revealing fashion, I knew I had to do something with it--and in the end decided to mount it after careful sanding of the backside and the Ziricote base, and even more careful finishing of both the "inside" and "outside" of the burl slab. Both the base and columns have been turned from Ziricote, a very dark, subtly figured tropical American hardwood.

Buckeye is a natural medium for such a sculptural effort. 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 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.

11 inches high x 12 inches at its widest horizontal dimension.