The spalting, cracking and patterning that appeared as I turned this form bring to mind a map of a distant land, and the big scar is like a giant tear between tectonic plates…..or is that just me?
Silver Birch, or Betula Pendula if you’re feeling latin, is a common native tree in the United Kingdom. Undoubtedly you know what it looks like prior to being turned into a useful and/or beautiful piece of craft, it was one of the few trees I could identify with some sort of confidence before I became obsessed with trees.
A burr is an unusual looking lump that grows from the side or base of a tree. It can be caused by abnormal growth or the loss of a branch and injury, it’s basically a scar.
The insides of burrs are infinitely varied and much sought after by us turners, the grain pattern can be all over the place with the addition of things like spalting, as is the case in this vase.
If this product is sold out but you particularly love the shape then get in touch, although the burr is especially unique I might be able to find something similar and produce you a new unique piece based on this one.