New Burl – Oregon Maple

I picked up some burl to try from another source. This time I decided to try something I haven’t used before, Oregon Maple. It’s more of a rich brown, almost a chocolate brown, tone with the usual swirls and highlights of nice burl. I’ll have a sample pic in a bit, just waiting on the danish oil to dry so I can give it a light buff. Since I was just testing the waters I only have two sets, one 1/4″ thick and one about 1/8″ thick.

For the curious, this wood is from:

Burl Source Web Store

They’re a well known and liked provider of fine woods for craftsmen and in the last couple years have started giving knifemakers some love too.

Kitchen Knife Update – More pics

Box Elder Burl with Mosaic

Black G10 with mosaic

Black G10 with mosaic

As promised, some additional images. I’ll take some more of the box elder once I clear coat it, since the tones will shift a bit in the process. It’s a lovely piece of wood. The strong contrast is because the piece was dyed to enhance the burl pattern.

The G10 knife is available and ready to go. The G10 makes an excellent kitchen knife handle since it’s almost indestructible and won’t be phased by most cleaners or repeated dunkings in hot water. The box elder, once clearcoated, is durable but is still not as indestructible as G10. Think Acura NSX versus Honda Accord. One doesn’t handle getting banged around as well but has a lot more visual appeal. The other is your daily driver that regardless of conditions.

First Three Kitchen Knives

Here’s the first batch of three. All pre-sold, and I apologize for the lousy image quality. The light was terrible outside and I don’t have time today to setup the real lighting equipment. Two of the next three are not pre-sold so I’ll definitely be taking nice photos of them to show off the wood. The blades are actually fairly shiny. Not a high gloss mirror finish, but bright.

Based on the first image, starting at the top, the handle materials are stabilized box elder burl, stabilized and dyed maple burl and double black G10.

The next set of three includes two that are going to be available for sale. Both will be the standard chef’s blade and I have one each box elder, green maple and tasmanian eucalyptus burl available. The Tas. is similar to box elder but darker and more brown rather than grey and cream.

More Burl

No pics for this group, sorry. I had to purchase a second set of madrone to make sure I had a pair for a customer and decided it made sense to get a couple more sets at the same time, shipping is flat rate and it will get used soon enough anyway.

Other than the madrone, which is spoken for, I added some Tasmanian Eucalyptus┬áBurl that is very light on one end and highly figured and biased dark on the other end. I figure it’ll make a nice contrast, sort of a natural bolster look. I also picked up one set of fiddleback Jarrah, which is one of those woods that doesn’t jump right out at you but has a subtle beauty all its own. This is a fairly dark wood with a wave pattern running lengthwise along with the fiddleback pattern vertically. It should be a very pretty handle for anything from a kitchen knife to a large field knife. I’m not sure how well a small handle will show off the figure of this wood, it really needs a substantial surface area to show off.

I’ll see about pics of the two available blocks tomorrow. I’m helping a friend move this afternoon and evening.