A burr (or burl in USA) is
an abnormal growth on the outside of a tree varying in size from
to several feet. It will have
lots of little twigs growing out of it. Each twig means a small "eye" or
knot will exist inside the tree. The timber obtained from such
burrs is invariably more colourful and always more highly figured
than wood obtained from the normal tree growth.
It has a tendency to develop cracks and other character defects
whilst seasoning, but they rarely detract from the attractive appearance
of the timber.
A real wasp has yellow and brown rings on its body, so our wasps
are made by laminating alternate blocks of walnut and pequia (yellow
wood), which are then turned to make head and body. The wings are
also pequia. This is a little artistic licence, since we cannot
obtain transparent wood.
Over the years, I have made thousands of wooden fruit and enjoyed
most of it! I have had a few returned from shops and galleries
for replacement of broken stalks, but high standards and attention
to detail have ensured that I have only ever had one complaint.