Thuya Burl Tetraclinis Articulata
This beautiful burl comes from Morocco. Reportedly it comes from the root systems of trees which have died a long time ago. It is very difficult to find as the tree tops have disappeared years ago, leaving small depressions in the ground where it is dug to see if a burl is there. It has a characteristic smell and a very fine grain. The color may very from deep reddish to bronze to tan. The black spots may be sparse or more packed together. Even though the tree is a conifer, the wood is very hard and somewhat oily. A favorite turning wood for years.
Thuya Burl is a favorite wood of many cue makers, the wood is very interesting with eyes and swirls in the grain of the wood. The wood contains natural resins and oils that give the wood a distinct look and means it can polish well..