Anthill burl (Schleichera oleosa) is a deciduous and semi-evergreen tree, up to 40 m tall, native to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern Southeast Asia. The name of the genus honours the apothecary and botanist Johann Christoph Schleicher (1768-1834). The tree serves as a host plant for the lacquer scale insect. This inconspicuous little animal, or rather its excrement, is used to produce shellac, which is used in many different areas of life.
The wood with its attractive colouring, which ranges from a delicate light brown to a reddish dark brown, is classified as hard and heavy and generally quite durable. It is rather difficult to work, but can be planed to a smooth surface. Anthill burl is used for tool handles, in house construction as well as for musical instruments and other areas.
Dimensions: approx. 280 x 220 x 80 mm, measured across the full lenght
You will get the shown piece!
For the photos, the piece was moistened with alcohol for better color rendering
The piece is dry and can be processed immediately
Finely grained wood may contain imperfections such as open knots, bark inclusions, or cracks that are typical of the species. These flaws come from the way the tree has grown and are completely natural. They can usually be filled with low-viscosity cyanoacrylate (super glue) and wood dust.