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MADRONE

Arbutus spp.

Primarily Arbutus menziesii (syn. Arbutus procera) of the family Ericaceae but includes all of:

Madrone is known mostly for its burls, and occasionally veneer, and is less well known for lumber, although it is available as such, particularly on the upper West coast of the USA and up into Canada where it is known as arbutus (my thanks to Bob Elkins for pointing that out to me and also for correcting the spelling of the botanical name). It has a fine, uniform texture with a pleasing pinkish color and is very stable in service.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions


sample plank and end grain, sold to me as madrona (yes, that's with an "a") / Arbutus menziesii


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Pacific madrone / Arbutus menziesii --- 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 Pacific madrone / Arbutus menziesii --- 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 small piece riddled with worm holes --- HUGE enlargements are present


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


NOT a raw wood color
slab table top shot in a furniture store. I am NOT sure I got the color corrected quite right, even considering that it has a finish on it. HUGE enlargements are present.


NOT a raw wood color
slab table top and a closeup, shot in a furniture store. I am not sure I got the color correction quite right even considering that it has a finish on it. HUGE enlargements are present.


both sides of a sample plank of burl Pacific madrone / Arbutus menziesii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. While I believe that it is legitimate to call this piece a "burl" because of the way madrone burls look, I have to say that it is the most bland madrone "burl" that I have ever seen and I do not consider it in any way to be representative of madrone burl. See my veneer sheets below for better examples of what madrone burl really looks like


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


flat cut veneer


quartersawn veneer


quartersawn veneer with ray flakes that show up much better in the enlargement


burl veneer





madrone burl veneer, all from the same vendor. This degree of color variation is quite common in madrone burl (and in fact this is not at all the full range of colors available)


veneer that spent some time on my mystery wood page before I became familiar enough with this species to agree with Alan Belski who identified it as madrone.


bookmatched burl veneer --- note the ugly green spots in the lower middle. A fungal growth, perhaps?


bookmatched burl veneer


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
madrone (Arbutus menziesii, also listed as madrona laurel and strawberry tree) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
Arizona madrone (Arbutus arizonica)) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views

web pics:


planks


quartersawn with ray flakes, closeup


figured plank


listed as a spalted plank, it doesn't look very spalted to me but I'm not personally familiar with spalted madrone


flat cut veneer


flat cut figured veneer (very weak figure)


figured veneer --- looks to be quartersawn and with a VERY weak "figure", if any


veneer


crotch veneer


solid burls


burl pairs


burl bowl blanks


burl veneer


burl veneer labeled madrone / Arbutus mensiesii and all from the same vendor


burl veneer sheets that have been moistened to bring out the color; these are from a vendor whom I know to produce green pics of wood that is nowhere near green in color. It is the kind of nonsense you find on the internet.


labeled as "dark" burl veneer





figured planks from the BogusColorVendor which of course means that the color is highly suspect. This is probably a mild pinkish brown, with none of the red/orange that they show. They are THAT dishonest.


unfigured planks from the same vendor



products:


knife handle (and closeup)pics provided by Daniel Dill, whom I thank for these excellent pics.


bowl listed as arbutus


three views of a madrone burl bowl


madrone burl bowls


bowl listed as Pacific madrone burl