Finishes

Burled wood

Burled Afzelia :

Afzelia (Afzelia spp.) is found in Africa and southeast Asia. The heartwood is reddish brown. well defined sapwood is a pale yellowish white. Colors tend to darken with age.Afzelia is naturally lustrous but can be difficult to work with due to its interlocking grain. It has been compared to Mahogany and Teak for its favorable appearance. 
Afzelia is a beautiful finished wood and will make a standout pen, sure to get you noticed.

Burled Amboyna :

Amboyna burl (pterocarpus inicus), or Narra, is one of the most distinctive and sought after woods in the world. It is called Amboyna when it is in burled form.
The heartwood ranges from golden yellow to deep red with beautifully contrasting, straw-colored sapwood, and an often spectacular, wavy grain pattern.
Amboyna is very popular with pen turners and carvers as well as pool cue makers, fine furniture makers, and seekers of dramatic inlay materials.
This is probably my personal favorite among all the burls we have.

Burled Big Leaf Maple :

Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) grow in the coastal regions of  Pacific northwest North America.Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood  of the maple is most commonly used rather than the heartwood. Sapwood ranges from almost white to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown.
Common uses are veneer, musical instruments, pulpwood, boxes, crates/pallets, and small specialty turned products.
The burled maple has outstanding swirl patterns and makes a wonderful pen.

Burled Black & White Ebony :

Black and White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) is common to Myanmar (Formerly Burma) and Laos in southeast Asia.
It features a striking contrast between a creamy background and thick, dark chocolate bands. It is considered a rare find and polishes well. It makes for beautiful jewelry and other turned products such as pens.
Burl enhances the beauty, producing wonderful swirls of colors which adds to the rarity of this wood. You will be quite pleased with this choice!

Burled Black Ash :

Black Ash is native to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
The heartwood is a light to medium brown. The sapwood can be very wide and tends to be beige or light brown and is not always clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
It is mostly used as commercial lumber.

Burled Black Cherry :

Black Cherry is the largest of the native cherry trees and the only one 
with any commercial value. It is found throughout the eastern US. Large, high quality trees suited for furniture or veneer are found  in large numbers in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia.
The heartwood is light pinkish brown and darkens with time and exposure to light, while the sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
It is also used for cabinetry, flooring, and turned objects.

Burled Boxelder :

Boxelder, technically considered a maple tree, its' lumber is softer, weaker, and lighter than almost all other species of maple. It is found all over North America, but is most common in the central and eastern United States.
The sapwood is pale white while the heartwood is a grayish/yellowish brown, and often has red or pink streaks.
It is used mostly for small turned and ornamental objects, but is also used for boxes and crates.

Burled Buckeye :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!

Burled Buckeye Dyed Blue :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!

Burled Buckeye Dyed Green :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!

Burled Buckeye Dyed Red :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!

Burled Buckeye Dyed Yellow :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!

Burled Buckeye, Double dyed :

Buckeye (Aesculus spp.) grows in the eastern United states and is also the state tree of Ohio. The heartwood is creamy white or yellowish and can have grayish streaks. Buckeye burl has reddish brown knots with light to dark grey swirls of discoloring.
We offer natural buckeye burl but lean toward the dyed wood (red, green blue, orange, and others) that offer some of the most unusual combinations we've seen!  We also offer spalted buckeye which finishes a yellowish gray. It is simply one of the best looking pens we've made!
This finish is dyed pink and purple for an unusual look!

Burled Canxan Negro :

Canxan Negro, aka Nargusta, is similar in strength to American Oak and is a fast-growing tropical hardwood occurring in Southern Mexico to Brazil Nargusta has a tight wavy grain and medium texture. It is light brown and has distinctive reddish veins along the grain. Common uses are flooring, paneling, furniture and cabinet work, doors, boat building, and turned products such as pens and bowls. 

Burled Chechen :

Chechen, aka Black Poisonwood, is not actually a part of the rosewood family, Dalbergia genus, but the Metopium brownie family. The name Poisonwood comes from the toxicity of the sap that can cause skin irritations, but the wood is safe to handle. It is commonly found in Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, northern Guatemala, Belize, and southeastern Mexico.
The heartwood color is highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown. Well defined sapwood is a pale yellow. With burled chechen, the patterns and swirls are mixed for an absolutely beautiful finish.

Burled Claro Walnut :

Claro walnut (Juglans hindsii), also called california walnut, is found, yep, in California! the heartwood can range from light pale brown to dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. It can sometimes have a gray, purple, or reddish cast.
Burled claro walnut finishes nicely and makes a great looking pen.

Burled Cocobola :

Cocobola (Dalbergia retusa) is a Central American tree growing to 60 feet. Cocobola can be seen in a kaleidoscope of colors ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded and darken with age. Cocobola is highly prized and in limited supply, but is not on an endangered species list as yet.
Common uses are fine furniture, musical instruments, and turned products.


Burled Coolibah :

Coolibah (Eucalyptus micro theca) is found throughout Australia from arid inland to coastal regions, often along rivers and heavy soils of flood plains. The name comes from the indigenous Australian Yuwaaliyaay word, gulabaa.
It is a wide spreading tree and can grow to 15 meters high.
Coolibah is a light to medium brown when finished and offers beautiful swirl patterns. Coolibah makes gorgeous  pens and other turned products.


Burled Eucalyptus :

There are over 700 species of eucalyptus, most of which grow only in Australia. Only 15 species are found outside Australia and 9 do not occur IN Australia.
Eucalyptus burl is a dark brown wood with even darker swirls and finishes nicely. It makes for a beautiful pen.

Burled Gmelia :

I'm stuck on Gmelia. I think that it is Gmelina wood, but I'm not 100% sure. I won't say anything at this time other than it is a beautiful light to medium tan and takes on a wonderful luster when polished.
It is also a favorite of mine.  

Burled Honduran Rosewood :

This is just an outstanding wood with distinct separation between the heartwood and sapwood. The colors range from golden to dark brown with incredible swirl patterns.
This tree grows in central America, mostly Belize and Honduras, and is prized by woodworkers.

Burled Kelat :

Kelat (Myrtaceae) is a golden brown, grayish brown, with pink or purplish glints, and wavy grain patterns.
Common uses are flooring, tool handles, furniture, musical instruments, and turned products such as pens.

Burled Madrone :

Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is a species of tree native to the western coastal areas of North America from British Columbia to California.
The burled wood has a medium soft, light brown color with just a hint of red.
It i s a beautiful finish for a pen and other turned products.

Burled Maple :

Maple is found all across the northern hemisphere in North America, Eurpoe, and Eastern Asia.
Maple is extensively planted as ornamental trees due to their fast growth.
Maple is an important source of syrup and is often used for smoking food. the charcoal from maples is an integral part of a particular process used to make Tennessee Whiskey.
Maple has a multitude of uses to numerous to name here.

Burled Oak :

There are many different species of oak including both deciduous and evergreen trees. The genus Lithocarpus is native to North America and 250 species. China is also a a center for Oak and has around 100 species.
Oak has such a variety of uses from ship building in years past to construction today. It is often used for fine furniture flooring, and also barrel construction for aging wines, sherry, brandy, and whiskey.

Burled Olivewood :

Olivewood (Olea europaea) is native the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean basin as well as northern Iran and Iraq, and south of the Caspian Sea. Known primarily for its fruit and oil products, Olive wood is also used by woodturners to create beautiful bowls, pens, and other decorative items.
The wood is a medium tan with light to dark grain. The wood finishes well with a nice shine but still maintains the natural look.
We also have Bethlehem Olivewood, from Bethlehem, and certified to be growing at the time of the Roman occupation. 

Burled Pistachio :

Pistachio (Pistacia vera), part of the cashew family, is native to Iran and Iraq, but has been successfully cultivated Australia, California and New Mexico.
This wood has beautiful grains and makes for a stunning, yet subtle finish. You'll be pleased with this choice!

Burled Pollyanna :

Pollyanna, also known as wild almond is a fruit bearing tree from southeast Asia. It is NOT a member of the almond family and acquired the name simply because its fruits vaguely resemble almonds.
The wood is a beautiful light to dark golden brown and has wonderful curly patterns.

Burled Red Gum :

Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is another member of the eucalyptus family and is common across Australia. The tree produces welcome shade in the extreme temperatures of central Australia and plays an important role in stabilizing riverbanks.
 Red gum is named for its brilliant red color that can range from light pink to almost black depending on the age and weathering. It is popular with wood turners particularly if it is old and well seasoned.
 

Burled Redwood :

The redwoods (Sequoia and Sequoiadendron), found in California and Oregon, are the largest and tallest trees in the world. They can live to be thousands of years old.
The two California subspecies is considered endangered and is on the IUNC Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
To the best of my knowledge, no living trees were destroyed or harmed in harvesting wood for our pens.
Redwood is darker colored with light swirls and makes beautiful pens and other turned products.

Burled Sindora :

Sindora (Sindora javanica) is found in southeast Asia and is also known by other names: Gu, Kayu, Sepitir, Supa and others.
The heartwood varies in color from golden brown or various shades of brown, but darkens upon exposure. Occasionally dark brown or black streaks give the wood an attractive appearance, The sapwood is light grayish brown and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.
Common uses are furniture and cabinet making, wainscotting, veneer, and turned products such as pens.

Burled Tasmanian Myrtle :

Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamil) also known as Myrtle beech, is actually closer to the beech family and not the myrtle family known here in the United States.
The heartwood is pink or light reddish brown. Tasmanian myrtle can also have dark black streaks in the wood, sometimes called "tiger myrtle". The texture is very fine and has a high natural luster.

Burled Thuya :

Thuya (Tetraclinis) is in the cypress family containing only one species. It is native to the northwestern Africa and also grows in Malta and southeast Spain. It is the official wood of Morocco and is used for religious carvings and carvings for the tourist industry.
Thuya is an absolutely beautiful medium to dark brown with incredible swirl patterns. It makes an elegant pen and is available in limited quantities.

Burled White Desert Ironwood :


Burled White Teak :

Teak is the common name for the tropical hardwood species Tectona Grandis. Native to southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Burma, it is valued for its durability and water resistance.
White teak, especially in burls, is highly figured and simply beautiful for turned products.

Burled Yellow Box :

Australian yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora)  is another member of the eucalyptus family and is widely distributed on the eastern plains and tablelands from western Victoria to New South Wales to south-central Queensland. It is considered to be the best native tree for honey production. 
The timber is a pale brown with golden, honey-colored swirls and makes beautiful pens and other turned products.

Burled Zircote :

Zircote (cordia dodecandra) is found in central America and Mexico. Colors range from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed.
Common uses are furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gunstocks, musical instruments (acoustic & electric guitars), and specialty wood items including pens and carvings. Burls add beautiful swirl patterns in the wood as opposed to normal grains.

Curly Koa :

Koa (Acacia Koa), is the best known endemic tree in Hawaii. The species exists naturally nowhere else in the world. It is recognized world wide for it's remarkable variety of grain figure which ranges from plain to curly to fiddleback. The colors can go from reds to chocolate browns, with the sapwood, sometimes, even a bleached white. It is the figuring that sets koa into a class by itself.
Chatoyancy is a property that is usually attributed to certain gems, the cats eye effect, or shimmer which gives the sense of depth in the gem. This effect can also be used to describe some of the more dramatic pieces of curly, tiger stripe, and fiddleback koa. This figuring gives the wood a three dimensional quality, and, depending on what angle you view the wood, it can take on several completely different characters.
Koa is currently on the endangered species register due to concerns about the habitat it provides for endangered native Hawaiian wildlife.
No live trees are harvested for our koa.
Koa is limited so check with us before placing your order. But the wait for us to get more is worth it!

Curly Maple :

Maple is found all across the northern hemisphere in North America, Eurpoe, and Eastern Asia.
Maple is extensively planted as ornamental trees due to their fast growth.
Maple is an important source of syrup and is often used for smoking food. the charcoal from maples is an integral part of a particular process used to make Tennessee Whiskey.
Maple has a multitude of uses to numerous to name here.

Curly Redwood :

Also called Sequoia, Coast Redwood, and California Redwood, this is the same as the Redwood listed under burls.
Burled wood sometimes has a "Lace" look to it that seems to show shimmering depth. Movement creates an ever changing look to this uniqueness that is "Curly"!
You will be amazed at the finish!

Curly Satinwood :

Most likely the origin of satinwood comes from the woven fabric satin, which has a smooth, lustrous face. Regardless of the source of the term, in woodworking, there are a few characteristics that are common in most types of satinwood: yellow-gold color, fine texture, high natural luster, interlocked grain producing mottle figure.
There have been only two species of satinwood that have been accepted as satinwood in the truest sense. Both are in the Rutaceae family which includes the citrus genus, lemon orange, lime, etc. trees.
It is exactly as described and the pens do have a beautiful satiny finish and the 3D effects are amazing in this wood! You got to see it to believe it!
Another one of my favorites!

Golden Camphor Burl, Tiger Striped :

An absolutely gorgeous, dark wood, accented with tiger stripes throughout, and topped off with a shimmer similar to satinwood. 
Quite possibly the prettiest wood I have! There is only one remaining and I don't know if I can get any more like this. Don't miss out!

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