Buckeye grows some pretty cool burls, but what makes the wood really dramatic is the black and blue coloring.
But........it doesn't always look that way.
When you first cut Buckeye it is a white/gold color.
The coloring that develops is a fungus that can grow in the wood under the right conditions.
Usually you just leave the whole burl sit for a couple years.
Then you cut it up and see what you have.
With this Buckeye I am trying something different.
Here I have a 300 pound burl that I have cut into 3 manageable pieces.
They are in black garbage bags to keep them from drying out and to give the fungus good conditions to get started.
Buckeye burl usually has bigger burl points and a lot of voids with bark and dirt pockets.
This burl was the best my supplier had in his wood yard. I picked through all and settled on this one.
Very compact burl covering the entire piece. This may be the best one from this year's harvest.
Here you can see the start of some of the fungus. Looks a lot like mushroom mycelium. (spelled wrong)
When the weather warms up over 70f I will let these pieces cook in the bags for a couple weeks.
After that I will cut them into slabs and try 2 different methods to turbo charge the coloring.
One method is with corn meal covering the wood with the slabs flat on top of each other. This is supposed to give the nice blue coloring.
The second method is the same except you coat the faces of the slab with mayonaise.
This is supposed to give the darker black coloring.
Supposedly they will be colored up within a month and ready for drying and stabilizing.
I don't know how well this will work because I have never tried it before.
These methods are like seeing bigfoot.
You never get to talk directly to someone who has done it.
You talk to someone who knows someone who talked to someone who did it with great results.
I will make posts in this thread as the buckeye experiment continues.
This should go into a category of useless info, but possibly a little bit interesting........or not.
I love having my own subforum where I can post my ramblings without getting into trouble for making inappropriate posts.