Stabilized and dyed Masur Birch burl block. This pieces of wood is also known as Curly birch, or birch burl. Perfect for carving hidden tang handles or cutting into pieces for a full tang handle. This block is stabilized and dyed during the same process. This ensures that the block is coloured properly throughout.
We stabilize our Curly birch wood with non-toxic and non-flammable cactus juice. The purpose of stabilization/polymerisation of the wood is to make the birch burl wood 3x sturdier than oak wood. Stabilization brings out the wood’s natural beauty. And most importantly, this process makes Curly birch wood resistant to humidity.
Please notice that stabilized Masur Birch burl wood is a natural material and may contain smaller imperfections like inner pattern micro cracks.
The block comes already lightly sanded and is ready for woodworking.
Additional information about Curly birch:
Curly birch (Betula pendula var. Carelica) is not a separate species but is a genetical variation of Silver Birch, which grows only in small area in Scandinavia, Karelia and Finland.
Curly birch grainy pattern wood belongs to the world’s ten most expensive among the exotic wood. Nevertheless, this wood is considered as a sustainable wood. Most importantly due to the fact, that most of the exotic wood comes from the tropical rainforests. Curly birch is a light-demanding and slow-growing tree and therefore this valuable quality wood is cultivated as stands in former agricultural areas or other nutritious, rich soils on sunny slopes.
Even though Curly birch is considered as an exotic wood, the trade of this wood is not regulated with Cites regulation (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). So, the manufacturing and use of this beautiful exotic wood does not harm wildlife and natural diversity of tropical rainforests.
Our plantation curly birch trees are certified clones of most famous Finnish curly birch tree called “Visa Kuningatar“ The seller of this wood, Rita Rubin, is the member of Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. Seller PEFC certification number is TT-PEFC-FM006. You can find PEFC certified forest owners here: https://pefc.org/find-certified