|Project by wiz||posted 10-20-2013 06:00 PM||1819 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
The colors in this wood are so warm and there is a lot of character to the color contrast. This is a Buckeye Burl. It is a very rare wood. It grows in the foothills of the Sierra’s in California. It grows in the Eastern US but this is a little bit more like a small bushy tree rather than a large trunked tree like in the East. And this one burls. It is a tricky tree to harvest because of the clay soil it grows in. When the soil is dry, it is harder than the wood. When the soil is wet, it is too slippery for the back hoe to get in and dig it out. The cost of the wood adds a lot to the price of the Heart. This piece was really expensive but it is hard to find pieces that will work at all. I had this piece for some time and couldn’t figure how to use it. I pondered many options before I went with this design. Not only is it expensive and tricky to design but packing and shipping play a large part in the price as well. This is why the Buckeye pieces are more expensive than the other woods for their size. It is a root burl so there aren’t a lot of solid pieces as the burl is mixed in with the roots and grows right around rocks and dirt pockets. It can make it tricky to work sometimes if there is a rock inside when you go to mill it. It is very challenging but really worth the extra effort. I feel very blessed to have a few pieces of Buckeye to work with.
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To make this piece I drew the heart with pencil on the slab, cut it out with a jig saw, ruffed it out with an electric chain saw, shaped with an angle grinder, sanded it to 220 grit with a random orbit sander, and finished with Ace Premium Enamel and then Satin Deft Lacquer.
It measures 20 3/4” tall x 17” wide x 2 1/4” thick
-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com