Thuya Burl Wood-
Knife Handle Scales & Blocks
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Figure: Differs from piece to piece.
This wood is not stabilized as Thuya Burl generally does not take well to being stabilized.
*Photos are of representative scales/blocks. The actual scales or block you receive may vary slightly from what is pictured but will be very similar as they are cut from the same large block.
About Thuya Burl: Thuya Burl is an exotic wood that the Greeks named thuya, meaning sacrifice, because they used an oil distilled from it as incense in their religious ceremonies. Some churches still use it and as sandarac oil it is valued for medicinal uses. The burls are as beautiful as they are fragrant and the Greeks and Romans vied with each other over furniture made from them. Thuya trees, along with cedars and oaks, once covered the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco, but because of over cutting, large areas have been treeless for hundreds of years. Thuya burl is fairly firm and dense with a high oil content. It's color varies from a rich, lustrous golden brown to nearly black. The eyes, perfectly round, are scattered about in some burls like the figure in bird's-eye maple; in others they are grouped as islands. An exquisite wood, today it is used for inlays, small boxes, turnery, knife handles, pens, and precious objects.
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