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Basically it's just throwing an intense color on bare wood so that it soaks in and colors the flame to the extent that curls no longer go dark or light based on light direction but stay dark no matter what. On tops it's expressed by blotches of stained wood in endgrain areas. There's lots of contrast, but it's dead contrast. Often people who don't have a lot of experience, like the OP in the post that probably prompted your question, will be impressed because it's loud, but it's not got the subtle changes that properly treated wood has when viewed under changing light angles.

The "burned" designation is probably referring to how the curls look charred.

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I prefer the name "fixed flame" as it describes the lack of changes in the appearance as one changes the direction of observation.

On 1/5/2022 at 5:42 AM, H.R.Fisher said:

 i frequently see the term" burnt flames"   would like to understand what it is and what it is not. Thanks in advance,  Henry

 

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On 1/5/2022 at 8:42 AM, H.R.Fisher said:

 i frequently see the term" burnt flames"   would like to understand what it is and what it is not. Thanks in advance,  Henry

"Burnt flames" means burnt flames.  The wood is heated with a torch to char darken the wood and the technique has been used for a long to make fake flames like those seen in curly maple.  

 

Burnt flames do not show the moving optical reflection affect when the wood is tipped in different directions that real curly maple has.

 A similar effect happens when too much stain is applied to maple which is actually curly--the flames don't move when you tip the wood to different angles and the term "burnt flames" is used.

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