I love the look of buckeye burl. The only problem I have is the durability of it. The last few blanks I've purchased significant holes in them which can blow up in your face. Fortunately, Rockler replaced them for me. Buckeye butters up really nicely so you'll be able to keep a nice crisp shine on the finished product.
I have purchased several of the stabilized Buckeye Burls and couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. As with any burl sharp tools and a light touch is required but I love the grain and color patterns.
this wood is truly exotic with it's marble look, the finished product is beautiful although make sure to check the wood grain and little burls from my personal experience I wasn't using the sharpest of tools at the time and i hit a knot and it shattered.
My wife picked this blank out while visiting the new Kennesaw Georgia location last week. I was concerned about all of the fault lines and sure enough, there was a big gap right at the end with a considerable amount of brass showing after drilling and gluing up the tube. After sharpening all of the tools I thought I would use, I put a paper towel under the lathe, and collected the chips/shavings/dust that I could and used that to fill the gaps with CA glue, sprayed with accelerator (which created some hard foam) then sanded it smooth. Turned out beautifully.
The problem, it has facture cracks throughout, while sanding the final turn the "blank" shattered on the tube because of the fractures - a possible solution would be to coat the inside of the drilling with CA and once thoroughly cured (couple of days) re-drill slowly - then carefully turn and finish. Might work, might not but, the costly-ness of the blank makes experimenting a expensive endeavor. No photo - I started with 3 blanks now I have two and some pieces.