Our goal is to provide a source where skilled craftspeople can find top quality stabilized burl and figured woods at a reasonable price. Our stabilizing is done by the very best stabilizing company out there and we do our best to find the most beautiful and unusual looking high grade woods to go into our store. Our stabilized wood has been prepared with custom knife makers in mind. But knife makers are not the only ones using our wood. Our stabilized wood is also being used for pistol grips, handmade pens, fishing poles, jewelry and the manufacturing of e-cigarette enclosures.
A burl is a mutated growth that can occur on trees in rare instances. The two types of burl are side burls that can grow like a bulge on the side of the tree trunk and stump burls that usually occur at ground level and underground.
The most desirable burls for handle material are the pin burls which are a compact bunch of dormant shoots. The outside surface will have a lot of small points or pins. When cut correctly these will show the type of figure that will include eyes and bubbles.
Wood that is correctly stabilized for knife handle material is impregnated with a chemical stabilizing agent that infuses the fiber of the wood and then turns into a solid when it is cured. The purpose of the stabilizing is to make the wood much more durable than it would be naturally, and to lessen the chance of the wood shrinking or expanding.
The process used for our stabilized wood is as follows;
*Blocks of dry wood are placed into a tank.
*The tank is sealed and placed under a vacuum.
*The stabilizing agent is released into the tank which is kept under a vacuum.
*After a designated amount of time the vacuum is released and the tank is pressurized.
*When done properly the stabilizing agent completely infuses the wood fiber.
*Next the infused blocks undergo a heat curing process.
*This curing process changes the stabilizing agent from a liquid into a solid.
When the dying and stabilizing is finished it comes to me looking like this.
But after I get them cleaned up you get to see the beauty underneath the exterior. Some areas of the wood can resist the pigments or react a little differently giving multiple colors and contrasting patterns.
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