The Buckeye Tree & Buckeye Burl
The Ohio Buckeye is the state tree of Ohio, and it was given that name because the nuts it produced look like the eyes of a buck. (male deer) Early in Ohio's history the term "buckeye" became very popular and it soon was the nickname for anyone living in Ohio.
Presently, when people think of buckeyes, they are usually referring to delicious chocolate and peanut butter candies, or The Ohio State University athletic team.
However, what most people don't know, is that the wood from the Buckeye Tree is highly prized by artists and wood turners. While most of the wood is rather plain, the "burl", which is often the rough part near the roots of the tree, has a very unique look and color. It is VERY expensive, with large pieces selling for hundreds, even thousands of dollars!
Buckeye burl is used primarily to make guitar bodies, bowls, jewelry, and of course, PENS!
We purchase mid sized pieces usually 12" - 30" in size. Then we select the areas with the most attractive grain patterns and cut our own blanks.
Most pen makers purchase blanks pre-cut from suppliers and then turn them into pens. Cutting our own blanks requires a lot of extra time and work, but it assures us of the most beautiful Buckeye Burl wood available.