Chittum Burl Pen Blanks - Grade C #37-40.
These pen blanks are from the root burl of the Chittum Tree (Cotinus obovatus), also known as American Smoke Tree.
Native to North America, Chittum is part of the cashew family. The heartwood of this tree boasts a beautiful golden champagne to amber coloring, while the sap wood is ivory toned. This golden wood was once used for a making a yellow dye, but the dye was used so extensively during the time of the Civil War, that the tree became (what we would now call) endangered. The dye is no longer made commercially and the tree has since become more widespread.
Figured Chittum comes from the root. And Chittum burl is considered to be one of the rarest and most highly coveted burls in the world. The burl comes from root growth that occurs in and around limestone rock formations. Often the burl must be chiseled (or blasted) out of the rock that surrounds it.
The pen blanks sizes and prices will vary (listed below), but they are all dry and read to turn.
- #37 Approx. 7/8 sq x 4 7/8"
- #38 Approx. 7/8 sq x 5"
- #39 Approx. 3/4 x 7/8 x 5"
- #40 Approx. 3/4 x 7/8 x 5 1/8"
The pen blanks have been lightly sprayed to show off the grain, and are non stabilized. The blanks are solid, but as with all burls, some voids may occur.
We have separated the blanks into three grades (A-C) based on eyes, figuring and chatoyancy. All the blanks are individually numbered and listed with at least two sides pictured, so that you can see the exact blank that you are purchasing. (Please choose your blank number from the drop down menu.)
Once that individual blank is sold, it is gone! It has been several years since we have had the opportunity to present Chittum burl. Once this collection is gone, we have no idea when we will be able to offer it again.