Chips + Dip Bowl - Spalted Curly Maple

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Project by Eddie posted 09-08-2014 04:22 PM 837 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys,

A few months ago I stumbled across a bunch of fresh maple being thrown into the chipper. I was able to save a trunkload of them and cut them into bowl blanks.

This large crotch piece was cut into a 16” diameter blank.
I kept it in a large trash bag full of moist soil for a couple months hoping to see spalting.

Once I began turning, I was pleasantly surprised to find not only spalting but good figure and curl in the piece!

Here are the pics from log to bowl.

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 04:42 PM

Beautiful. I bet that made a boat load of shavings.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 07:45 PM

What a beauty…I also thought of all the chips on the floor from that one. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 10:32 PM

That’s just plain Beautimous! Thanks for showing the ‘during construction’ pics.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 10:51 PM

That came out great!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 12:51 AM

Love the chip & dip bowl. I would like to try to turn one someday. Thanks for sharing and the spalting tip.

-- Arnold - Lewisville, NC

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 07:47 PM

really nice, I assumed you turned it wet ?. How long did you let it dry and what method of drying did you use. I turn allot of oak and I put shavings in the bowl and put in a paper bag for a few months, but I’m only getting about 20% that don’t split. Its probably that oak is not the best, but that is what I have. I am going to try Anchorseal and latex paint also try to dry in a plastic bag partially opened.

-- Rich LI, Life is short, buy more tools !

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 09:08 PM

You do some really nice work! I like the wood. Happy turning.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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