Emperor Burl

Phoebe sheareri

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Golden Madrone Maser


Asia, China


Emperor Burl is a very rare tree growing in the Southern Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou, Hubei and Hunan. The tree belongs to the family of Lauraceae. The tree grows very slowly and will reach a diameter of about 10 cm when it is approx. 60 years old. Trees which are over 500 years old are nothing out of the ordinary.


Especially during the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing dynasties (1644 – 1911), Emperor wood used to be the preferred timber for the imperial palaces and temples as well as their furniture, whose use was exclusively reserved to the imperial family. Today, Phoebe is solely used for interior fittings of highest quality. Due to the scarcity of the burled type, there is no other field of use.


Emperor Burl has a golden-green shine, which is extraordinarily intensive and which produces special visual effects after surface treatment. Since this wood is very resistant to insect infestation, well-preserved furniture pieces can be found in China still today.


Machining can be carried out entirely problem-free. The wood does not splinter and even sticks of only a few millimeters in thickness can be carved without difficulty.


No previous experience.


Surface treatment is easy and problem-free.


Glue joints hold well and firmly.