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 gallery grade pen blanks, picked for highest figure and best colors
Resin stabilized and kiln-dried

Buckeye Burl 3/4 inch pen blank
Gallery grade selected for great figure/colors
Price: $8.00
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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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Buckeye Burl 1 x 1 x 6 inches
Gallery Grade minus
Price: $9.50
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Buckeye Burl 1 x 1 x 6 inches
Gallery Grade
Price: $13.00
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All stabilized and great color as you can see!
Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 1
Price: $25.50
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 3
Price: $22.50
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 5
Price: $25.50
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 6 inches
Piece 7
Price: $25.50
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All stabilized and great color. These are all different sizes and give you a rare opportunity to buy non-standard sizes, which are almost never available elsewhere.
Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 5 3/8 inches
Piece 10
Price: $20.20
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Buckeye Burl 1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 5.75 inches
Piece 11
Price: $21.60
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Buckeye Burl 1 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 5 7/8 inches
Piece 12
Price: $27.00
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1 5/8 x 6 1/8 inches
Piece 13
Price: $24.80
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Buckeye Burl 1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 6.25 inches
Piece 14
Price: $26.00
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 6.25 inches
Piece 15
Price: $26.50
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 10 inches
Piece 17
Price: $39.50
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All stabilized with very nice colors. These are all different sizes and give you a rare opportunity to buy non-standard sizes, which are almost never available elsewhere.
Buckeye Burl 1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 4.75 inches
Piece 19
Price: $13.50
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Buckeye Burl 1.5 x 1.5 x 3 3/8 inches
Piece 20
Price: $13.80
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Buckeye Burl 2 3/8 x 3.25 x 3.25 inches
Piece 21
Price: $44.00
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