What is Burl Wood? It's Weirder Than You Think!


What is burl wood?

Burl wood is anything but average. The swirls, twirls, and eyes dancing in the bark all create a unique, highly figured wood grain that no human could dream of designing. 

But what is burl wood really? We know you've heard of it -- our walnut burl and maple burl watches get a lot of love from you guys! Here's a hint: it's not a type of tree! 

Burls Growing on a Tree

A burl is actually a cool-looking, extraneous growth on a tree. Ugly on the outside, but magnificent on the inside, it can form on any type of tree! A burl usually grows when the tree is undergoing some sort of stress, whether it be an injury, virus, or fungal infection. The tree's growth hormones are disrupted and, consequently, it produces those colorful looking lumps and swirls.

The unique swirls, patterns, and colors of burl wood

Look how gorgeous the interior of the burls are when cut open!

While burls can technically form on any type of tree, certain species are more susceptible to the fungal attacks that produce burl wood. As a result, burls are quite rare. They can't be produced on command and, hence, are prized for their incomparable beauty.

Interestingly, burls don't do much harm to trees or shorten their lifespan. In fact, burls, despite their rarity, are a sustainable wood product if harvested with care. They can be harvested without chopping down and killing an entire tree. As burls age, their colors and patterns become even richer. It can take 30-40 years for a burl to reach maturity and its peak in distorted beauty.

A large and old burl growing on a treeUnsightly, but truly a gift from nature!

One piece of burl wood will never be identical to another. That's why all of our watches are naturally unique...they'll never look the same as in the product photo! Burls are great conversation pieces for the wood enthusiast.

 SHOP WOOD BURL WATCHES:

The Ebony wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from lavish maple burl.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather Strap for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including EngravingThe Ebony wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from all natural rough walnut burl.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including Engraving The bamboo wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from all natural rough walnut burl.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping Including Engraving The all ebony wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement and stainless steel tri-fold clasp with push buttons. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap and case are made of 100% ebony.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Ship Next Business Day!  • Watch and Watch Band Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Clasp Made from Stainless Steel Tri-Fold with Push Buttons  • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting The bamboo wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement. Diameter of the dial 1.3 inches. Strap is made of genuine leather. Face of the watch is made from American Black Walnut.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Perfect for Smaller Wrists • Watch Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Strap Made from Genuine Leather • High Quality Soft Genuine Leather for Your Everyday Wear • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting • Next Business Day Shipping if No Engraving Services Needed The all zebrawood wooden watch is equipped with high quality Japan quartz movement and stainless steel tri-fold clasp with push buttons. Diameter of the dial 1.7 inches. Strap and case are made of 100% natural zebra wood.  • Handmade in San Francisco, USA • Ship Next Business Day!  • Watch and Watch Band Made from Real Wood • Japanese Quartz Movement  • Clasp Made from Stainless Steel Tri-Fold with Push Buttons  • Minimalist Design • Durable & Long Lasting


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