The specific name spinosa is a Latin term indicating the pointed and thornlike spur shoots characteristic
of this species.
The common name "blackthorn" is due to the thorny nature of the shrub, and its very dark bark.
The blackthorn wood i got has some years ageing in a friend's woodshed,
the burl had clearly several deep cracks,
make me think that if i had to turn it safety i have to fill in all those cracks with epoxy resin,
otherwise i have it cut at least in half and check how it was inside...that is what i choose.
and by cutting into half i saw a lot of bark inclusion and cracks that try to met in the same place...
so i cut into more pieces...and that is one of them...
24 cm x 13 cm h