Amboyna Burl strength

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Forum topic by RichGreer2r posted 03-09-2016 12:04 AM 473 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2016 12:04 AM

I have recently made a couple of canes and I am considering making more and selling them. I have a good collection of exotic wood that I could use.

I am thinking about a cane with a maple shaft and an amboyna burl handle. Of course, good strength is important for a cane in the shaft and handle. I cannot find any information on the strength of this wood.. Since it is a burl it may not have typical strength characteristics.

Does anyone have knowledge, insight or suggestions regarding the strength of amboyna burl?

FYI – I have thought of burying a wood dowel in the handle. Of course, that is more work and I don’t know if it would help.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 01:45 PM

I don’t have any specific knowledge on amboyna burl but burls in general are pretty strong because of the way the grain is twisted. I would think that a cane handles would most likely fail either where they are joined to the shaft or along the grain. With the twisted grain nature of burls, it seems like you shouldn’t have the later problem as long as there aren’t any odd voids but maybe someone with more experience working burls will chime in.

Maybe you already consulted our friend Google but here is what I found at this link:
“The bending strength of air-dried wood of the species is similar to that of Teak, which is considered to be strong.”

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