Figured woods (various types)
Here are some really unusual pen blanks. Stabilized coffee burl that also has spalting and just has an unusual pattern in general. This is all we have and this appearance has just happened one time only over the years. Sizes: 3/4 square, 5 to 5.75 inches long, except piece 17 which is 4.5 inches long.
Figured Leadwood in GG+ grade, unknown on the market. Likely this is combretum schumannii from Africa. This is a from a one of a kind board. We sold some of the material a couple years ago, this is all we have. This is the only figured Leadwood we've ever seen for sale anywhere. The figure is top notch. The lighter areas will darken to look similar to the darker areas. It develops a darker patina over time. We did finish another piece so you can see what the figure is like in all these. Bare wood shown, catches the light when finished. Notes: DRIED, pieces 11 and 12 also have a single insect hole inside the yellow circle drawn on each piece. PIECES missing below or that give a red out of stock notice in the shopping cart were already sold.
This is a one time thing. We have these as large cants that dried many years ago. The cants were so full of cracks I didn't know what to do with them. But I saw what I thought was a burl cluster and planed it. They turned out to each have burl clusters in a few areas. This wood, curunai, is super dense and heavy. It isn't seen for sale for blanks often, but I decided to spend the hours plucking these good areas out of the cants in order to get a burl that I have never seen for sale anywhere before. I good one to collect and keep as I have no idea where/if you'd ever find another.
Stone Hopea burl is a very rare wood from Laos. Note this is not the same wood as Golden Stone hopea which we also sell. They vary a bit in appearance with some darker, some lighter. In sanding the lighter ones, I was surprised at how easy they are to sand despite the incredible high density. Reminds me a little of soapstone, and the feel of the wood after sanding is similar to soapstone, but not as slippery. All pieces have been soaked in superglue to fill any gaps. Some gaps after drying are to be expected in a burl this hard. Some people ask why we don't just have them stabilized instead of using superglue and the reason is: resin impregnation does not fill gaps. It just pushes plastic into the wood, which is good, but you still have all the gaps you started with after you are done. Pieces not listed below are already sold.
Most of the burls in this little group are not found for sale often. The Mulberry burl came from a single block of high quality that we dried since 2012. The mesquite are unique little pieces that had spalted burled sapwood on the ends and the Velvet Tamarind is a very rare burl from Laos, rarely seen for sale. All of them except ash were soaked in superglue which was then sanded back off. PIECES missing below were already sold.
Black Cherry burl, resin impregnated. These were a highly selective cut to get this quality which is not typical. The burls are small meaning that even a 10 inch long piece is very hard to come by in this quality. Notes: Each piece has the grade on the item below. Piece 5 has some bark and small defects, high figure but half price. Pieces missing below are already sold.
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not related to Ceylon Satinwood, Pyinma is a completely
different species. We have ceylon satinwood too, email us.
Pyinma has much better figure.
Ash Burl, stabilized
botanical name: Fraxinus americana
Ash grows widely in the eastern half of the USA. Burls do occur, but rarely have the concentration of eyes as seen in those sold below. These were professionally stabilized by kiln drying and then forcing clear resin through the wood at very high pressure. This results in a stable blank that tends to warp much less then un-stabilized wood. We don't expect this wood to be in stock all the time, but occasionally.
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