Griffin Exotic Wood

Figured woods (various types)


This is the exciting page for various figured woods that just don't fit somewhere else.  We will have an ever changing inventory, and most are here because they are available only occasionally or just once.  Usually there are not many pieces available, so if you like what you see be sure to buy what you want soon as they may go quickly. Read the whole description to get the facts on what is being sold, dried pieces will say "dried", stabilized pieces will say "stabilized" etc. Might be noted somewhere in the description or the item.

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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Camphor burl pen blanks. Stabilized. They smell a bit like root beer and the SIZE of each of them is: 3/4 x 3/4 x 6 inches.
Some are a little bigger around then 3/4.

Camphor Burl
Stabilized
Piece 9

Price: $7.50






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These pieces are completely dried. These are mostly old stock and some of them haven't been on the market for years. The last time I remember being able to buy a square of teak burl (tectonia grandis--not so-called white teak) was at least 6 years ago, maybe more. There just isn't any for sale except a few pen blanks that are average figure level. Kelat burl was also briefly available years ago and not seen again. I cannot find a single piece for sale on the net. For mahogany burl, it is rarely seen at all we had just one piece to cut these from. Gmelia burl is uncommon (this is out last slab), this particular piece is very interesting because it changed colors while drying (apparently it isn't spalted though, no soft areas in it). Notes: Gmelia burl: coated with a heavy coat of superglue that was then sanded off. The little splits in the burl are a natural feature of gmelia and offer a special opportunity for filling with things like inlace or epoxies, or just leave it natural. I leave it natural and just superglue it after working to keep the splits from changing and make the outside more smooth. Kelat burl: This burl was dark red before I sanded it and I assume it will return to that color eventually (already seeing some changes in color in the last few days). We do have a few pen blanks too, let us know if interested. Teak Burl: While this is from an old piece of wood, you'll notice there are lighter areas. They do turn to the rich brown color after a short time but always look light colored right after you cut into them. Mahogany burl: in order to get any yield from such a tiny burl with so many cracks, we did extensive superglue work with both black and clear super glue to make them nice and solid for you. This type is being sold below our cost.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Teak Burl
2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Piece C
Grade: GG+

Price: $78.00

Teak Burl
2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Piece D
Grade: GG+

Price: $78.00





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These pieces are completely dried after 3 or more years of careful and slow air drying. This is one of the hardest burls in North America. Certainly on of the USA's more interesting wood types. Found in the Applachia area of the USA, also in the mid-atlantic states like Maryland. Lasts up to 100 years in ground contact without rotting and is in demand for fence posts since there is no need to treat/maintain the wood outdoors. (Though it will crack if left outside unfinished, it just won't rot). Has a botanical name of Robinia pseudoacacia. High quality pieces. We buy larger pieces and just cut the good parts to sell. Generally about a third of a burl that is of excellent quality can make pieces like these. (so it takes us about 3 pounds of burl to make 1 pound of turning blanks including the small pieces such as pen blanks). Notes: Piece 11 had a tight check in one end which was glued. Looks good but discounted 40% off anyway.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Black Locust Burl
1.5 x 1.5 x 9 5/8 inches
Piece 3
Grade: GG-

Price: $23.00

Black Locust Burl
1.5 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
Piece 4
Grade: GG/GG+

Price: $32.50

Black Locust Burl
1 15/16 x 1 15/16 x 5.25 inches
Piece 9
Grade: GG/GG-

Price: $24.00



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Chechen burl (metopium brownei) is one of the harder to get burls and as you can see the color can vary alot. Some of it has pink, greenish pink and dark brown, but with very high figure throughout these pieces. The wood is very hard. All are fully dried.
Notes: Most have had superglue poured over them and then sanded off again.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

this group sold, however, we do plan to cut more--if waiting email us and we'll tell you first when we are done. .




Click the photo above for a view of the other face.
STABILIZED and partially dyed orange.
Top quality figure throughout.
If you get an out of stock notice when you have a qty of 1, it is already sold.

Pyinma Burl
Piece P2
1 7/8 x 5 1/16 x 5 1/16 inches

Price: $129.00





Figured Pyinma
(Lagerstroemia spp.)
not related to Ceylon Satinwood, Pyinma is a completely
different species. We have ceylon satinwood too, email us.
Pyinma has much better figure.


sample of gg+ figure

Figured Pyinma pen blank
Price: $1.75
Qty: 

Highly figured Pyinma pen blank
GG grade

Price: $3.25
Qty: 

Highly figured Pyinma 1 x 1 x 12 gallery grade minus
dried

Price: $3.25
Qty: 



Sample of gallery grade plus figure

Highly figured Pyinma 1.5 x 1.5 x 12 inches, gallery grade
Has very good figure

Price: $12.50
Qty: 





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.

Ash Burl 3/4 inch pen blank
Gallery grade
Stabilized, lengths are 5 to 5.25 inches

Price: $8.00
Qty: 



Ash Burl 3/4 inch pen blank
Gallery grade minus
Stabilized, lengths are 5 to 5.25 inches

Price: $5.50
Qty: 




Coffee burl
coffea arabica


Our coffee burl is cut from real coffee plantations near Bali, Indonesia.  Has a finer grain and very nice figure.  This burl is usually sold as whole odd shaped pieces.  We found these can be hard to work with for woodturners so we cut away the waste (about 80%) to make these nice blocks.  Nice turning wood.  These have been air dried in the rough burls for over 18 months before being cut round.  Limited supply.  Priced based on final weight and quality.  May have small pith check(s) and some natural indents the picture does not show.

Photos have been taken to show figure as well as most major variations in appearance such as natural indents.  Prices are based on quality and size.
 
 




















































































































































































 


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