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Shop Notes #13: Spaulting of Walnut?

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 08-11-2014 05:22 PM 791 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Don’t know if this should be a forum topic or a blog. But here it goes.

Although I shouldn’t have. I purchased a chain saw and a mill. Have yet to use it. Planning on harvesting wood from our compost site in town.

I have two lofty Walnut trees. It sloughs off non functional life generating branches.

My neighbor wanted to cut a lower horizontal limb not yet dropped by the tree. I had been planning to do this in practice. But he wanted to get his new recreational mobile home past it. It’s done and I was thinking?

“We spault Maple and lighter woods, can we spault Walnut?”

I’m researching this so I though “ask my fellow LJ’s advise?”

Has anyone knowledge about this they’d like to share?

Thanks

Tom

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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grizzman

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 06:20 PM

hey tom, i think i have heard of spalted walnut but i dont know , ill do some reasearch myself…how big around is the branch

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 06:29 PM

Bob,

Not too big, maybe 8 inches at the trunk?

Did you ever get my direct email? I was just seeing how you are doing and updating on my practical maintenance stuff. Just finished the upstairs toilet repair. OH what fun!

I did a Google search and found nothing.

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 06:29 PM

I find spalted sap wood on Walnut from time to time. The spalting is a mold or mildew creature of some sort, and I am thinking that the tannin is too high in the heart wood for their growth, and I think that is why I’ve never seen it in anything other than the white-ish sap wood.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 06:32 PM

Mark,

I was thinking across those lines regarding Walnut’s self protection, but I did see where someone posted a spalted Walnut bowl they turned. Only I didn’t see the bowel. LOL!

Thanks!

Guess I don’t know how to spell Spalted? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 06:45 PM

Darker woods spalt just like the lighter wood. It’s just harder to see. Spalting is the early stages of rot.so unless you have a wood that doesn’t rot, all of them will do it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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grizzman

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 08:47 PM

from what i have read, it looks like trying to spalt walnut is a hard thing to do, and as mark has said, it does show uo in the sapwood, but its just nat an easy wood to see spalting in, ive had some beautiful pecan and oak with beautiful spalting, but ive never really seen any in walnut…i would say do some experiment on the walnut you have and see what you get, just do a small piece, like 3 feet or so..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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