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The eyes which give the burl character can also contain small pores. This is natural and usual with burl wood. The pores are typically filled during the handle finishing procedure unless the design calls for a deliberately used or primitive look.

These burls were purchased in 2004 and 2005 as whole seasoned blocks. Since then I have kept them for five and a half years before slicing off some scales.

 

Riflebirdknives, custom made Australian knives by Warrick Edmonds, brown mallee burl

Brown mallee burl

This is a fairly dense and fault free burl. This picture shows a vertical slice and a group of consecutive knife scale slices.

The base colour is caramel with mid brown growth rings. Some of the timber has a light pink flush between bands.

I purchased this burl as seasoned wood in 2005 and only sliced it up April 2010

B9

custom knife handle from brown mallee burl, warrick edmonds, riflebirdknives
Here's a handle from a camp utility made using the middle (longest) slice in photo B8, below. The bolster is Weeping Myal. Both sides of the handle came from the one slice.
Riflebirdknives, Australian custom made knives by Warrick Edmonds, brown mallee burl slices for knife handles

Brown mallee burl

Consecutive slices of brown mallee burl. Only the far left slice has been sanded to 100 grit to show off the dense eyes and wavy growth pattern.

The white sapwood is as hard as the core, so it can be incorporated into the handle design.

The longest slice is 30cm long and all are 1cm thick.

B8

Riflebirdknives, custom made knives by Warrick Edmonds of Australian, brown malle burl knife scales

Brown mallee burl

Showing both orientations of cut.

You wouldn't want to sit on that live edge.

B7

Riflebirdknives by Warrick Edmonds, custom made Australian knives, Tasmanian mertle burl knife handle scales

Tasmanian myrtle burl

This wood has a pink and honey colour grading, to the left in this photo,to a silvery cream.

The front slice is 17cm long and 8mm thick and has been sanded to 100 grit.

I only have what you see in this photo, my wife used the main burl to turn a bowl on her lathe.

B6

Riflebirdknives, custom made Australian knives by Warrick Edmonds, red mallee burl knife scales

Red mallee burl

This wood was purchased in 2004 and sliced in April 2010

The longest slice is 28cm by 1cm thick.

The base colour is salmon reds interrupted by pink or off cream figures. The sapwood is as hard as the core and can be incorporated into a handle design.

B5

Riflebirdknives, custom made Australian field knives by Warrick Edmonds of Australia, red mallee burl knife scales and slices

Red mallee burl

Consecutive slices including two which have been sanded to 100 grit.

I love the red eyes and cream figures in the second slice from the right.

B4

Riflebirdknives, Australian custom made knives by Warrick Edmonds, red mallee burl

Red mallee burl

Some of the sanded slices showing eyes and figure.

this is a fairly hard wood which will polish up well.

B3

Riflebirdknives by Warrick Edmonds, an Australian custom knife maker, Western Australian mallee burl knife scales

Simply labeled Western Australian mallee burl by the purveyor. I purchased it in 2005 and sliced it in April 2010

This is a hard wood with subtle character. The base colour is a pale yellowy cream with washes of light caramel. It doesn't have eyes.

The sanded slice contains a knot. Imperfections like these would be excluded from a knife handle. Only clear wood is used.

The sanded slice is 23cm long by 7mm thick

B2

Riflebirdknives by Warrick Edmonds, a close up of Western Australian mallee burl knife handle scale

Western Australian mallee burl

A close up of the scale, sanded to 100 grit.

In the hand, this material looks a lot like marble. It is hard and takes a great polish.

The pattern is more swirls than eyes.

B1

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