What is burl? Burl is a rare anomaly that occurs when hundreds of thousands of tiny buds on a tree fail to form branches, instead producing a large knobby outgrowth of exotic and uniquely patterned wood grain. As the occurrence of burl happens in perhaps only one-in-five-hundred trees, rosewood burl is extremely rare, a breathtaking reincarnation of natural living beauty, and a planetary legacy. There will soon be no more.
HRB is one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, and is a huge target in illicit black market trading. Click HERE to read about Crimes Against Rosewood.
Frequently Asked Question:
I thought the species has made a noticeable recovery and went from "endangered" to "protected." Am I mistaken about that?
First, a distinction must be made between "straight grain" and "burl." Honduran rosewood trees have been replanted on tree farms in Central America. Slow-growing, it takes many years for a tree to reach the minimum 4” diameter for the harvest of "straight grain." But the only way to possibly produce a mammoth "burl" the size of an easy chair is to leave the tree alone for 1000 years or more. And, remember, the occurrence of burl still happens only in about one out of 500 rosewood trees. So, no. It’s over. Mother Nature won’t be making any more. For this reason, Honduran Rosewood Burl is an excellent financial investment. It can never be replenished on Planet Earth.