Vessel turned from Buckeye Burl with finial of African Blackwood

January 10, 2022

This vessel has been turned from Buckeye Burl. 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 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 African Blackwood finial atop the vessel represents a very difficult technical achievement, especially with the large bead of Buckeye Burl in its midst. African Blackwood is the premier detail wood available to woodturners, and works extremely well with the color palette of Buckeye Burl.

The walls of the turning have been very finely sanded and sealed. After sealing, Danish oil is heat-rubbed into the wood, followed by hand-rubbing with a combination of carnauba and beeswax in a light solvent.This finish has what I think is a very light and transparent quality.

7" h x 5.5" dia