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: 







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STABILIZED LARGER HIGH GRADE BURL.

Note that buckeye burl is hard to get at this time as it is worth so much more overseas that producers are sending it out of the USA and this has caused an average increase in price of about 400% compared to 5 years ago. Some sellers have dropped the item completely due to higher costs. We were able to buy some extremely high quality pieces at prices that are allowing us to make this offering at about the same board. foot price as last time when we sold the last of our old stock , and the quality is even higher. Enjoy it while we have it!

High quality buckeye will be available in the future, but don't expect prices like these for stabilized top quality blanks much longer.

THESE ARE THE BEST QUALITY FIGURED BIG SQUARES WE HAVE EVER OFFERED!


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Buckeye Burl
Piece 12
2+ x 2+ x 3.75 inches

Stabilized
Price: $47.00





Click the photo for view of side 2.

STABILIZED BURL.

Note that buckeye burl is hard to get at this time as it is worth so much more overseas that producers are sending it out of the USA and this has caused an average increase in price of about 400% compared to 5 years ago. Some sellers have dropped the item completely due to higher costs. We were able to buy some extremely high quality pieces at prices that are allowing us to make this offering at about the same board. foot price as last time when we sold the last of our old stock , and the quality is the same or higher. Enjoy it while we have it!

NOTE: piece 26 has a knot that might need a few drops of superglue (discounted).


No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Buckeye Burl
Piece 18
1 x 1 x 5 7/8 inches

Stabilized
Price: $18.00

Buckeye Burl
Piece 22
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 3/8 inches

Stabilized
Price: $34.00


























































































































































































 


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