Ikebana Turned From Buckeye Burl III
Created by Eric Reeves
This ikebana vessel includes a particularly capacious water-holding pin barrel. The turning gives a sense of buckeye burl at its best, as if an entire universe or galaxy of figure had somehow managed to be inscribed on the outside of this hollow form. Buckeye burl is particularly interesting in its figure because, as a root burl growing underground, the figure does not emerge until the wood is brought above ground, where it quickly oxidizes minerals it has absorbed while growing. The figure rapidly becomes stable, although patience is required for the wood to season properly. The natural contours of the wood, as harvested, have been preserved in this turning. It has been sealed, then finished with Danish oil as well as a beeswax, carnauba combination.