Suspended Buckeye Burl hollow form., with African Blackwood finial and pandent
October 18, 2023
Suspending turnings is an especially striking display method, here using a fine piece of Buckeye Burl and African Blackwood. 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 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.
African Blackwood, a member of the Rosewood family, is the premier detail wood available to woodturners.
11" high x 5" dia (with hanging stand); the turning itself is 6" high x 2.5" dia