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This is a lovely Vintage Maple Burl Box. I didn't know what a Maple Burl was, but Mr. Funky did, and upon further research I learned more than "It's a deformed knot" as my sweetie told me, I learned that burls are quite wondrous things.

This covered bowl has a turquoise slurry inlay and has "Russ Henderson Maple Burl" scorched into the bottom. Three green felt pads are attached on the bottom, also. Very minimal wear with some superfine scuffs on the lid. No cracks or dings, any anomalies are natural to the wood itself. The bowl portion measures 3 inches high, 4 1/2 inches across at the top, and a little over 5 inches at its widest portion. The turquoise inlaid mahogany cover seats down nicely into the bowl as shown in the last photo.

"Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, one prized for its beauty by many; its rarity also adds to its expense. It is sought after by people such as furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. There are a number of well-known types of burls (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and used as veneers in furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, and woodturning. The famous birdseye maple superficially resembles the wood of a burl but is something else entirely. Burl wood is very hard to work in a lathe or with hand tools because its grain is misshapen and not straight."


"Maple burl is created by an unusual growth on trees that results in a highly figured piece of wood. Maple burl is often darker in color than maple wood, yellow ochre to brown, with many whorls and patterns and an uneven, rough edge. It is often found on Big Leaf Maples native to the Pacific Northwest."

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Vintage Maple Burl Jewelry Box or Covered Bowl with Tuquoise Slurry Inlay in Mahogany Lid.


  • Vintage item
  • Material: maple burl
  • Ships worldwide from Arizona, United States
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