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Burl Source
09-19-2012, 09:57 PM
This just showed up today.
A guy brought in a load of maple burl. A few good burl caps and this slab with a messed up cut.
I grabbed it before anyone else started getting ideas.
Looks to be good clean burl without bark pockets or other things that get in the way of good knife handle blocks.
Really good burl figure over 90%+ of the slab.
Won't be much waste from this piece. Size is about 32" x 24" x 4"+

Regular blonde maple burl like this sells, but slowly.
So I will probably be getting about 75% of this dyed when I send it in for stabilizing.

The advice I need from you guys/gals is what colors?
Usually I do blue, black and brown.
But.....I would like to hear what you have to say.
Maple burl takes dye better than most other woods so anything goes.

Burl Source
09-19-2012, 10:26 PM
Here is what black and brown can look like.

Maybe you are thinking "More Green"
Looks like malachite but makes me think of the Incredible Hulk.

Or Blue?

09-19-2012, 10:58 PM
I like light brown with dark brown Natural Figured :doublethumbsup:

09-19-2012, 11:07 PM
Also a fan of the brown. "Natural" colored burl, lol.

09-19-2012, 11:07 PM
I like natural colors, but damn that blue sure looks especially nice...

09-19-2012, 11:17 PM
Don't dye it all. Leave a few of the nicest pieces as they are. Someone will buy them eventually . . .

Dave Martell
09-20-2012, 12:02 AM

09-20-2012, 12:09 AM
black brown and blue all together. With a little red in there. ooooo orange would be cool but I don't see that having any contrast with what stays natural.

09-20-2012, 12:15 AM
I like all of the colors you have done previously. A dark blue could look nice.

09-20-2012, 01:49 AM
What about double dyed? I see some cool purple-teal, orange-red, blue-green, etc double dyes.

09-20-2012, 02:03 AM
Can you get a metallic bronzey color on this stuff?

sachem allison
09-20-2012, 02:28 AM
How come no one ever does dark red or red black?

09-20-2012, 03:24 AM
I will second Daves suggestion, orange.

09-20-2012, 03:33 AM
black, blue. My old high school colors.

09-20-2012, 03:44 AM
Brown, Blue and Black I like. The undyed Maple is often a tad too light and the grain doesn't pop as much.

09-20-2012, 04:15 AM
Gold, brown, black, blue - as long as it's not green ;) Not sure how maple burl is with double dying, tha may be worth a try also.


09-20-2012, 07:50 AM
I like them all, and red too

09-20-2012, 08:02 AM
Can you dye wood white? Might look nice, bit like ivory

09-20-2012, 08:02 AM
Would love to see a red or orange .

09-20-2012, 10:58 AM
I personally love the Blue - Some pieces make me think of some of Van Gogh's work.

09-20-2012, 11:45 AM
Black, to be paired with kurouchi finished blades... :cool2:

El Pescador
09-20-2012, 12:09 PM

Eamon Burke
09-20-2012, 12:33 PM
+1 on tie dying some of them.

Also, Son has a good idea to do dark red/black.

09-20-2012, 12:57 PM
I personally love the Blue - Some pieces make me think of some of Van Gogh's work.

I too often think of van Gogh when I see blue handles like those pictured above.

Not sure I would ever put any of this on a knife of my own, but I like seeing it. In addition to blue, white sounds interesting, as well as red.

Burl Source
09-20-2012, 01:00 PM
White is not dye. It is paint. Just teasing. If I bleached the wood it would break down the wood fibers too much with the time it would take to bleach all the way through.
I was thinking about red. I'll just tell them to leave it in the dye vat for a long time so it doesn't look pink.
I will have to ask about double dyeing maple. It works good on box elder which is also in the acer family but is a much softer wood.
I plan on doing some orange as well. Turns out kind of like hunter orange on maple.

+1 on tie dying some of them.
I can get the tie dye look if there is some natural red/orange color near the heart of the burl. That portion will usually resist the dye for the tie dye look.

El Pescador
09-20-2012, 01:04 PM
so paint them white.

Burl Source
09-20-2012, 01:05 PM
so paint them white.
I will send you some white paint so you can try it out on your Red wood.

09-20-2012, 03:38 PM
Black and blue! Although orange sounds coolt too...

Cutty Sharp
09-20-2012, 04:02 PM
The blue looks psychedelic, but I'd never want it as a wa on a Japanese blade. Only possibly as a western on a crazy damascus blade or something, Itou-style.

Keep it natural. This is Canada's national tree, and if you ever travelled there with defaced maple you might be subject to arrest under federal law.

El Pescador
09-20-2012, 07:10 PM
I will send you some white paint so you can try it out on your Red wood.

you have no vision.

09-21-2012, 12:08 AM
A "refined" green or teal - not the neon green/blue above. Such as:


Do you have a minimum order qty for each color?

Burl Source
09-21-2012, 05:00 PM
A "refined" green or teal - not the neon green/blue above. Do you have a minimum order qty for each color?
The way it works is they just use green dye.
Different pieces of wood react differently so you get random shades of the color dye.
Depending on the wood it may have to stay in the dye vat for days or weeks.
I try to send enough pieces of each color to make it worthwhile for them to do a batch.