Woodworking is a wonderful hobby that not only affords its enthusiasts an artistic outlet, but also a practical skill from which everyday objects are made. There are many different facets to woodworking ranging from the different tools that are used, the different ways in which these tools are employed, and of course, the type of wood that the artisan uses. One of the more interesting variations in woodworking, is a physical deformity of trees known as bird's eye.
Bird's eye is a peculiar pattern that is sometimes found in wood, mostly maple, and is a popular choice for designer woodworking projects. It can be compared to burls, which are another type of wood deformity, and are a distinct disruption in the regular grain structure of trees. Although research into the cause is lacking, some believe that it is due to woodpecker type activity or even a voracious fungus that permeates the area of the deformity. It may also be due to environment, climate, and soil conditions. Significantly more research is required to better understand this beautiful anomaly.
This type of wood is extremely rare and has small eye like patterns breaking up the regular pattern of the wood grain. Because of its rarity, bird's eye is very valuable and is reserved for elegant pieces such as fine bowls and furniture, it has also been used as dashboards in luxury vehicles.
Birdseye maple has an average density and its color can vary. Although bird's eye is mostly identified with maple wood, it has also been found in ash, walnut, and birch trees. Although coveted for its obvious monetary value, woodworkers desire bird's eye because of its great ability to be worked on. It is very malleable and soft but retains the other characteristics of a traditional hard wood.
Although woodworkers are very favorable working with bird's eye, there are some difficulties that arise because of its unique nature. Usually, among the deformed section, there is a centerpiece design among the deformity. This could be thought of as the deformity within the deformity, and is completely unique to its own individual piece of wood. For this reason, sanding must be done with great care as to preserve this unique section. Staining also becomes a concern, and is usually left to a minimalist strategy.
Woodworking is an art and the bird's eye formation is a tremendous opportunity to create a beautiful and a truly one of a kind woodworking piece.
Source by Andrew Leoni