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
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Samples of appearance of gallery grade
pen blanks.  Usually two colors. Resin stabilized and kiln-dried. 
Buckeye Burl 3/4  inch pen blank
Gallery grade with figure and mostly two colors
Price: $8.50
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These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed blue, then green, so we call them Blue Green 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 green on the outside but the blue is the dominant color when you cut into them, with green 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 18 total pieces available.
Blue Green Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
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These are stabilized and double dyed buckeye. They are first dyed blue, then pink, so we call them Blue Pink 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 pink/purple on the outside but the blue is the dominant color when you cut into them, with pink/purple 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 20 total pieces available.
Blue Pink Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
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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. These look more like copper and black instead of orange and black, as you can see.
Yellow Blue Buckeye Burl
3/4 inch pen blank

Double dyed and stabilized
Price: $9.50
Qty: 




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Professionally stablized with resin impregnation.
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Buckeye Burl
1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches
Piece B

Stabilized
Price: $49.50

Buckeye Burl
1 5/8 x 1 7/16 x 6.5 inches
Piece D

Stabilized
Price: $34.50




Actual pieces shown, order by number below.
Professionally stablized with resin impregnation.
If your selection is not listed below or the shopping cart
gives you a notice when you have a Qty of 1, it is already sold.
Refresh this page when you get here, that way you can see if any pieces have already been sold and removed below.
Second side
Third side
4th side
Buckeye Burl
2 1/8 sq. x 4.5 inches
Piece 11

Stabilized
Price: $42.50

Buckeye Burl
2 1/16 sq. x 6.5 inches
Piece 13

Stabilized
Price: $57.50
























































































































































































 


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