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BUCKEYE

Aesculus spp.

Aesculus spp. of the family Hippocastanaceae. Includes at least the following, which should give you some idea of the range of species and common names and the overlap. Not as bad as some woods, but not clearcut either. Living things are like that sometimes. This list is not presented as being exhaustive and in fact there are definitely other Aesculus species that grow outside North America that are not included.

NOTE: "buckeye" and "horse chestnut" are both common names for these woods in the genus Aesculus

Aesculus arguta --- Texas buckeye
Aesculus assamica --- Burmese horse chestnut
Aesculus californica --- California buckeye
Aesculus carnea --- damask buckeye, red horse chestnut, pink horse chestnut
Aesculus flava --- big buckeye, sweet buckeye, yellow buckeye
Aesculus glabra --- Texas buckeye, smooth buckeye, stinking buckeye, American horse chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum --- European horse chestnut, common horse chestnut
Aesculus indica --- Indian horse chestnut
Aesculus octandra --- buckeye, sweet buckeye, yellow buckeye
Aesculus parviflora --- bottlebrush buckeye, shrubby buckeye
Aesculus pavia --- buckeye, red buckeye, wolly buckeye,
Aesculus sylvatica --- dwarf buckeye, georgia buckeye, painted buckeye
Aesculus turbinata --- Japanese buckeye, Japanese horse chestnut
Aesculus wilsonii --- Chinese horse chestnut

my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of Ohio buckeye / Aesculus glabra


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Ohio buckeye / Aesculus glabra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Ohio buckeye / Aesculus glabra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow buckeye / Aesculus octandra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow buckeye / Aesculus octandra --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of curly yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. The lighter color of the 2nd side is correct and I'm assuming that means the first side has a slight patina


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above --- not one of my better efforts since there are still obvious sanding scratches but the fine grain detail is clear.


both sides of a sample plank of curly yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The curl is weak, but it's there.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of curly yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a plank of blue-stained Ohio buckeye / Aesculus glabra --- blue stain is very common for this species. HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of horse chestnut / Aesculus hippocastanum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese horse chestnut / Aesculus turbinata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese horse chestnut / Aesculus turbinata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese horse chestnut / Aesculus turbinata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of spalted yellow buckeye / Aesculus flava --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



both sides and both ends of a sample piece of spalted buckeye


end grain closeup of the piece directly above, and now you can make out the faint markings of growth rings


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above (and note that now the growth rings are completely clear but the fine grain details are not as clear as I would like because it's a soft piece and doesn't sand well down to a high grit)


both sides of a sample plank of California buckeye / Aesculus californica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of California buckeye / Aesculus californica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of California buckeye / Aesculus californica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of California buckeye burl. HUGE enlargements are present


both end grains of the piece directly above


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


face grain closeup and side grain closeup of the piece directly above


buckeye burl scales loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


buckeye burl pic of a pair of matched planks that have been moistened for the pic; contributed by Todd Levy --- thanks Todd.


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
California buckeye (Aesculus californica) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra, also listed as fetid buckeye) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
yellow buckeye (Aesculus octandra, also listed as sweet buckeye) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
buckeye (Aesculus hippocastanum listed as European horse chestnut) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views. This IS a buckeye but is MUCH more commonly called horse chestnut, both in Europe and in the USA.

web pics:


log section showing typical wide sapwood


pure sapwood plank


planks


bookmatched planks


planks listed as horse chestnut


veneer listed as European horse chestnut


turning block and end grain


turning block


listed as European horse chestnut, which SHOULD be buckeye, but based on the color, I'm not so sure


spalted plank


spalted turning block


a burl cut-off the tree but not yet slabbed


a burl shown both dry and wet


a small burl slab shown both dry and wet


two views of a small burl slab


burl turning blocks


burl bowl blank


burl turning sticks


burls --- I have no experience with the burl of this wood. Burls can be significantly different color than the wood of the non-burl part of a tree, but some of these burls certainly extreme. After seeing the preceeding statement, correspondent Daniel Klein commented to me that he has seen buckeye burl and it does indeed turn a blue-green color after being exposed to the air.


turning stock listed as buckeye burl / Aesculus Californica [which is commonly called California buckeye]


pen blanks made from buckeye burl


pen blank set shown both dry and wet


pistol grips of buckeye burl, finished and polished.


buckeye burl knife handles by Alberto Symonds (these look even more impressive in the second enlargement)


earrings by Dean Robertson, whom I thank for this and other image contributions to the site


bowl listed as buckeye, but I'm not sure about this


8" spalted buckeye bowl by Steve Earis, who tells me they call it "horse chestnut" but he knows it is what we in America call buckeye.


burl bowl by Bryan Nelson (NelsonWood).


burl hollow form


several views of a buckeye burl hollow form


buckeye bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.