Stabilised and dyed Curly birch scales. This species is also known as Karelian birch, or birch burl. Knife handle blank is perfect for carving full tang handles. Come in pair. This non toxic and non flammable resin stabilised exotic wood is excellent material for carving classical full tang handles.
The wood is coloured with electric blue color and curly birch pattern looks on it like stars in dark night sky!
Dimensions: (may vary slightly)
We stabilise our Curly birch wood with non-toxic and non-flammable cactus juice. Purpose of stabilisation/polymerisation of the wood, is to make the birch burl wood even 3x harder than oak wood. Stabilisation brings out wood natural beauty. And most important as a result this process makes Curly birch wood resistant to humidity.
Please notice stabilised Curly birch scale is a natural material. Each Curly birch blank pattern and colour is unique. Resin stabilised knife handle blank can (but not necessarily) contain small decorative knots or easily repairable inner 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