Thuya Burl Boxes
While wandering around the local
woodworking store, I ran into this cool looking
piece of wood, called Thuya Burl, so I
bought it and brought it home.
I learned on the net that a burl is a portion
of the rootstock of a tree (at or underground) where
the wood, as the tree expands, envelopes the smaller tap
roots, forming these little knot inclusions.
Thuya is a tree that grows in various parts of
Africa and has been long prized for it's deep rich
color, especially when burled. It is typically
cut into thin veniers and used for inlay, etc.
However, it is also commonly made into small boxes,
as I ended up doing with my piece.
The wood is fairly tough to work and produces an
acrid sawdust that irritates your nose. I once
again used the Bandsaw and Scrollsaw to
cut boxes from solid pieces of wood. The hinges
are, again, simply little nubs of wood with pieces
of paperclips for hinge-pins.
I still have the largest portion of the original
piece of wood left. Who knows, maybe I'll carve
some more boxes from it!.