Amboyna Burl Ebony Chessboard, 2-1/2" Squares

Lot #535. Amboyna Burl, Birdseye Maple, Gabon Ebony Chessboard

 Amboyna Burl Ebony Chessboard.

A Signature Amboyna Burl Ebony Chessboard with raised 2-1/2″ squares of Amboyna Burl and Bird’s-Eye Maple with a solid Gabon Ebony frame, Spalted Maple inlays and Ebony delimiters. The chessboard measures 24-5/8″ Square, 1-3/4″ thick. This Amboyna Burl Ebony Signature Contemporary Chessboard with its unique raised playing field was designed  by Frank Camaratta and crafted by Bill Lisica. The chessboard is in like-new condition. The chessboard includes a soft brown, suede-like slip case.

Amboyna is technically not a distinct species, but is the name of the burl wood from any of the Pterocarpus species. Most commonly this is Narra (Pterocarpus), but burl sections of Burma Padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus)  are also sold under the name Amboyna. The name is derived from Ambon Island in Indonesia, where much of the figured wood is believed to have been initially exported.

Amboyna is among the most expensive and sought-after of all burls, and is frequently sold as veneer or as small turning/craft blanks. Some suppliers specify “Red Amboyna” for material with the typical rich reddish-brown heartwood, or “Golden Amboyna” for pieces with lighter yellowish brown coloration. It’s not unusual for pieces to contain sharply contrasting yellowish sapwood. Aside from Chessboards, Amboyna is commonly used for fine furniture, boat building, turned objects, electric guitar tops, knife/gun grips, and other small specialty wood items. High-grade Ambyona burl ranks as one of the most expensive woods in the world. For more technical information on Amboyna, visit here.

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