01-14-2016, 08:21 PM
Title says it all guys. Don't know where to find, so suggestions are as welcome as offers.

Thank you

01-14-2016, 08:25 PM
Damn that is going to be a bling saya

01-15-2016, 12:42 AM
it is going to be a very hard find. In order to make a decent saya sized scale, the material needs to come from a much bigger burl (considering most burls are odd shaped), and that burl needs to be even and almost inclusion / crack / imperfection free, this alone would make it very hard to find.

being a large stock with thin thickness, it is very susceptible to the environment moisture and tends to wrap / crack if properly care is not taken, and I would assume only stabilization can solve this problem.

01-15-2016, 05:51 AM
I think your best bet of success for this one is to hunt down a piece of burl large enough, cut it into one overdimensioned block, send to stabilizing and then have the maker cut it up to scales.

01-19-2016, 10:33 PM
Yup, this is going to be real tough one. Buckeye always has a lot of voids and inclusions and it's pretty much useless if not stabilized. There are some sellers on the bay that deal in large pieces, but it'll be a crap shoot getting some solid slices out of them. Not saying it can't be done, but you may have to be patient. The other thing to consider is that once stabilized it becomes hard as hell and will do a number on your knife finish (if that's a concern). An alternative might be some nice curly maple burl (stay away from the lace burl, it's too punky to cut that thin).

Be well,

01-19-2016, 10:58 PM
Sounds like a challenge to me...


01-20-2016, 01:35 AM
I would suggest maple burl ( dyed and stabilised ) if it needs to be very close to the buckeye burl colour , as Mike and Stefan already pointed out it is going to be difficult one , I had a very high quality stabilised piece of buckeye burl block fall on the ground from 3 feet above and it broke in half from the void

01-20-2016, 01:59 AM
Naahh, shouldn't be too complicated unless you want a very traditional piece. Ok, this from a guy who has never made a saya, but this is what I would try: Prepare pieces for a 'normal' saya from the usual lighter woods like poplar, try to keep the boards as thin as possible. Laminate/epoxy thin boards of stabilized buckeye burl on the poplar sides. If you have a decent band saw you should be able to cut them thin enough. If you don't have a buckeye piece to cut 2 thin 12" boards from, cut 4 6" boards and add a 'spacer between them. You will see the poplar layer in the middle when finished, but you can always dye that if you don't like it. Of course it would be nice if the block were big enough for the handle also... And I may be totally off ;)


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01-20-2016, 02:43 AM
How long and wide do you need?
I might be able to help but I won't know until I can check tomorrow.
Might be kind of spendy compared to maple or walnut.

01-20-2016, 11:08 AM

That would be awesome! I'm thinking around 3" wide and around 11" long?
I know this is a rather difficult find, but figured I'd give it a stab.
Below is a link to what got me on this path. And below are pics of the handle/knife this will be for.

Thank you all for the ideas as well. Definitely some good options. I think maybe a died birds eye maple might work as well?
http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a520/marc4pt0/Haburn/20160120_095718_zps5m42sfhu.jpg (http://s1281.photobucket.com/user/marc4pt0/media/Haburn/20160120_095718_zps5m42sfhu.jpg.html)
http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a520/marc4pt0/Haburn/20160120_095823_zpsylol762j.jpg (http://s1281.photobucket.com/user/marc4pt0/media/Haburn/20160120_095823_zpsylol762j.jpg.html)


01-20-2016, 07:36 PM
Dyed redwood burl might look great, too. I'd suggest dying maple burl, though. Should be a great piece when it's all said and done.

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01-21-2016, 05:31 AM
I had a piece of buckeye that used to be a small sign I used at knife shows years back.
I found it today but too many flaws to be used as saya material. Sorry

01-21-2016, 03:30 PM
I appreciate it Mark.
I'll continue to keep an eye out, never know what may turn up. .

01-21-2016, 03:52 PM
I looked for this in the past and the little found was just all knotted up

Check out some of the eBay sellers too