Bark & Rock

Pepperwood Burr

Where: California, Mexico, Central Chile and Argentina

Botanical Name: Schinus molle

The Pepperwood Burr, sometimes knows as Peruvian Pepper or Pimienteira, is favoured for its warm honeyed tones interwoven with darker veined areas which add depth and pattern to the veneer. Pepperwood often exhibits centred ‘burr eyes’ as well as attractive swirly effects.

Pepperwood is a small to moderately sized tree which grows to around 15 metres in height. It originates from Southern California through to Mexico and as far south as Central Chile and Argentina.

In the Peruvian Andes, Pepperwood has been grown for culinary and medicinal purposes as far back as the Inca Empire. The burr veneer is sourced exclusively from the base of the tree. Colours can vary from background tones of salmon pink, yellowish green or light golden brown, marked with irregular grey-black, tan or brown veining.


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.

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