Griffin Exotic Wood


Buckeye Burl
(Aesculus californica)


California Buckeye is one of seven types of buckeye tree in North America.  There are also related trees in Mexico, Asia, South America and India.  Buckeye burl is highly prized for the beautiful pattern of burl eyes, swirls and other figure.  Spalting of the wood transforms it from the off white color to a mixture of off white with grey blue or purple.  Ambers and other colors sometimes also occur.  The wood is somewhat unstable when drying and usually cracks and distorts quite a lot.  For this reason, many pieces are sold as stabilized.  The stabilization involves cutting oversize pieces, having them kiln dried (which causes some distortion) and then impregnating the wood with a clear plastic resin under a very high pressure.  Each piece is then cut down to the largest size free of distortion. This process makes the wood quite stable, dry and dense and makes the cost about double an unstabilized price or slightly more.  Buckeye can be carefully dried without stabilization, but the wood will be very lightweight.  Note that Buckeye burl or other parts of buckeye trees are not safe for food surfaces like functional bowls.



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Samples of appearance of gallery grade minus
pen blanks.  Usually mostly one color. Resin stabilized and kiln-dried. 
Buckeye Burl 3/4  inch pen blank
Gallery grade minus with figure and mostly one random color
Price: $5.50
Qty: 





These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed gold, then red, so we call them Red Gold Buckeye burl. The photo shows the 2 pieces which we sanded and finished from random pieces. The two in back are the way you'll get them, they look red on the outside, since the red dye was done second. We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 16 total pieces available.
Red Gold Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 



These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed orange, then black, so we call them Orange Black Buckeye burl. The photo shows the one piece propped up which is a finished piece. The one in front is unfinished but sanded. The two in back are the way you'll get them, they look black on the outside but the orange/copper is the dominant color when you cut into them, with black streaks or blotches. We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 19 total pieces available. These look more like copper and black instead of orange and black, as you can see.
Orange Black Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 



These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed yellow, then black, so we call them Yellow Black Buckeye burl. The photo shows the one piece propped up which is a finished piece. The one in front is unfinished but sanded. The two in back are the way you'll get them. We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 19 total pieces available.
Yellow Black Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 



These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed brown, then black, so we call them Brown Black Buckeye burl. The photo shows the one piece propped up which is a finished piece. The one in front is unfinished but sanded. The two in back are the way you'll get them. We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 21 total pieces available.
Brown Black Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 



These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed green, then yellow, so we call them Green Yellow Buckeye burl. The photo shows the one piece propped up which is a finished piece. The one in front is unfinished but sanded. The two in back are the way you'll get them. We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 19 total pieces available.
Green Yellow Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 



These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed yellow, then blue so we call them Yellow Blue Buckeye burl. The photo shows the one piece propped up which is a finished piece. The one in front is unfinished but sanded. The two in back are the way you'll get them We just have a few, not a stock offering. If there is a popular color combination we could add a new stock offering, so let us know what you like. There are only about 19 total pieces available. .
Yellow Blue Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 






Click the photo for view of side 2.

These are some small stabilized squares in this popular burl. Currently Buckeye burl is in short supply due to harvesting problems (recent mudslides in California). Notes: N is double dyed and stabilized pink/blue, all others natural color.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 5 inches
Piece B
Price: $12.50

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 4.5 inches
Piece E
Price: $24.50

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches
Piece i
Price: $17.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches
Piece J
Price: $17.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1.5 x 1.5 x 3 3/8 inches
Piece L
Price: $15.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 3.5 inches
Piece M
Price: $15.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized/dyed
1.5 x 1 5/16 x 3 5/8 inches
Piece N
Price: $16.00





Click the photo for view of side 2.

These are some small stabilized rectangular shapes and squares in this popular burl. Currently Buckeye burl is in short supply due to harvesting problems (recent mudslides in California). Notes: U is double dyed and stabilized red/yellow, all others natural color. U also has a round divet in front corner visible in above picture.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 11/16 x 1.25 x 4.25 inches
Piece O
Price: $19.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 3 1/8 inches
Piece P
Price: $22.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 5/8 x 2 7/8 x 3.25 inches
Piece Q
Price: $31.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1.25 x 3.25 x 4 inches
Piece R
Price: $32.00

Buckeye Burl
Stabilized
1 1/16 x 1 1/16 x 9 inches
Piece T
Price: $21.00























































































































































































 


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