Tsunami I ~ African Mahogany & Buckeye Burl
The name of this piece is Tsunami 1
The dimensions are 10" wide, 4.5" high, 6" deep.
Type of wood used in this piece is African Mahogany with Buckeye Burl on the drawer front. The drawers are lined with suede material. There are no stains or dyes, rather only a protective finish, to enhance the natural wood color.
African Mahogany Characteristics: African Mahogany is an exotic and imported hardwood that is figured "broken grained". It is characterized by vertical bonds of varying luster and vessel markings in which the ribbon effect is intermittent. The heartwood varies from light to deep reddish-brown. Like American Mahogany, this timber is very durable and stable. The tree is Native To Tropical West, Central, and East Africa.
The buckeye tree is medium-sized, reaching less than 100 feet with a trunk diameter of up to three feet. Its wood is relatively light in weight as well as color. When burl is part of its composition, dark areas are also prominent. The wood also has a unique texture. When cutting tools are applied, fine dust, rather than shavings, is produced. This characteristic lends itself to a smooth finish. However, it is also very porous. So, extra amounts of polish or finish material are needed to protect the finish.
Buckeye Burl is an unusual species. Colors range from blue-black to golden whites with a nice mixture in between. Buckeye is a very difficult and expensive wood to mill. Some of the obstacles faced when milling are rocks, sand, dirt, bullets, and rattlesnakes. Yes, rattlesnakes inside the voids in the burl! The Base of the tree (root wad) that is underground produces 90% or more of the burl. The burls can range from 50 pounds up to several thousand in their natural state. When converting a burl into usable wood, there is usually between 60-75% waste.