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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-26-2008 10:40 AM 644 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this over in the forums yesterday, but it’s only gotten one reply (appreciate the guess, Scott!) so I thought I’d try again over here on my blog. Take a look at this piece of kempas sapwood (click for larger image):

sap

What’s up with that ugly streaking? Do you think it’s just the board, or could it be something that is typicall of all kempas sapwood? Even though I only need thin strips of it for my dovetail box, I’m wondering if even that is possible.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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Alin Dobra

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 03:02 PM

Eric,

That ugly streaking might be considered by some a very nice coloration in wood that adds character. It is all in the eye of the beholder, you know. Used for the right project, I do not think there is such thing as ugly wood.

As for your question, I never worked with kempas so I do not know.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 04:22 PM

I’ve never even heard of kempas, so I looked it up here.

It looks to me like your board is spalted’ similar to what I’ve seen with Aspen , or pine.

A kind of blue colored fungus.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Eric

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 04:47 PM

Hmm, Dick, after reading up a bit on spalting I think you might be on to something. Only affects the sapwood. I even found a type of spalting called “bluestain” – and the streaks do look blue. However, the bluestain pictures I saw were much more extreme than the little tiny streaks in this board.

Alin is right – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I saw links to how to spalt wood yourself, and you can even buy spalted wood (for turning especially).

I’ll cut my little strips and see how it looks. Maybe it will be okay in my eyes!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 07:34 PM

I’m not an expert by any means, but I thought that kind of streaking could be attributed to mineral content in the soil/water in which the tree was growing.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Tom Adamski

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 11:25 PM

Eric,
After a litle research, I found some basic info about kempas with some pictures with a wide variety of grain patterns. Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
Tom

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/kempas.htm

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Tom Adamski

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#6 posted 02-26-2008 11:29 PM

BTW…

Need to see what a particular pieceof wood looks like? Check out this link…

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/indextotal.htm

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Tom Adamski

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#7 posted 02-26-2008 11:30 PM

Ooops… Sorry, Dick Cain beat me to it. My bad.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Eric

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#8 posted 02-27-2008 04:15 AM

But your enthusiasm is admirable. :)

That is a good link, by the way…

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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