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Cochinchin burl
(dalbergia cochinensis)

Cochinchin (co-shin-shin) burl is a true rosewood burl, and a very rare one.  It is the burl of dalbergia cochinensis, also called flamewood .  The tree grows in Southeast Asia, in countries such as Laos.  It has become nearly impossible to get.  An extremely hard and heavy wood.  It has natural splits that develop during drying, as well as some natural voids or bark areas.  The limited supply below is all we have been able to obtain for now.  Be sure to soak the de-waxed surface with thin superglue to further stabilize the blank before turning.  Pen blanks need to be soaked with glue before turning, and once they are round . 

Grading explanation for figured wood:
Gallery grade minus (gg-) is a nicely figured piece that has some figure scattered around, not tight or all over figure
Gallery grade (gg) is a highly figured piece of wood. It has very high and intense figure on at least two parallel sides, or very good figure on 3 or 4 sides.
Gallery grade PLUS (gg+) is a piece with rare intense figure that appears on all 4 surfaces of a square. Usually uncommon to rare.

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Actual pieces shown, Click photo for another view. This burl has not been available anywhere on the market for years. We cannot find another seller anywhere. Brought in about 9 years ago and hasn't been seen again yet. A very rare opportunity. Sizes given are minimums, some dimensions slightly larger then listed.
These two are sold.

Cochinchin burl, 1.5 x 1.5 x 10 1/8 inches
Piece A

Price: sold

Cochinchin burl, 1.5 x 1.5 x 10.25 inches
Piece B

Price: sold

Thuya Burl
(tetraclinis articulata)

This beautiful burl comes from Morocco.  Reportedly it comes from the root systems of trees which have died a long time ago.  It is very difficult to find as the tree tops have disappeared years ago, leaving small depressions in the ground where it is dug to see if a burl is there.  It has a characteristic smell and a very fine grain.  The color may very from deep reddish to bronze to tan.  The black spots may be sparse or more packed together.  Even though the tree is a conifer, the wood is very hard and somewhat oily.  A favorite turning wood for years.
Now becoming rare due to import problems and lack of good quality.

Thuya burl pen blank, part burl
Price: $4.80 (part burl grade)

Thuya burl pen blank, good burl

Price: $8.30 (good burl grade)

Thuya burl pen blank, Top quality burl--
Price: $11.80 (top burl grade--selected for top figure)

Click the photo to see the other face of this very nice piece. It is dried and sanded smooth and flat.

For a view of the top edge, Click Here
For a view of the bottom edge, Click Here

Thuya Burl Piece P
1 1/8 thick x 10.25 long across the bottom x 7 5/8 inches tall at the top of the arch.

Price: 91.00

Click the photo for another angle. This really great square in thuya burl (this is the nicest large one I have ever cut) was created by cutting right up through the center of a block that costs over $840 . Usually I just sell blocks like that as one piece, but I saw a unique chance to get this and went for it. Very high figure as you can see. All four sides are in these photos. Sold Note that there is no yellow in it, the flash seems to have given that impression in the photos, but it really is quite reddish.

Click here for another view.

Actual pieces shown, click photo above for a second view.
Air dried completely.
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.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos, does your other supplier do that?

Click here for a third side view.

Click here for final fourth side view.
Thuya Burl
Piece 7
1.25 x 1 7/16 x 7 3/8 inches

Price: $29.00

Thuya Burl
Piece 12
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 4.75 inches

Price: $28.00

Sample of appearance of Gallery grade (gg) pieces, bottom four are waxed, others are bare wood.
Gallery grade minus (gg-) has less figure, gallery grade plus has more eyes that cover more area.
Part Burl grade has some eyes, and most of the piece is swirly burl, rather then eye burl.

NOTE: Stock of this burl is always very limited, as it is very difficult to import, and the quality of new imports seems to be lower then normal. Our wood is old stock gathered from whatever sources we can find with good figure.



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