Spalted Maple Abstract

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Project by CraigT posted 05-26-2009 08:54 PM 1348 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I usually create woodspirits and walkingsticks, but I had a log of spalted maple from last year where most of the wood was punky. This abstract is what was left of the solid wood. It was inlaid with copper, some of which I finished with a patina. Also inlaid some small copper domes I made and heated for color. The cut-out in the middle was textured using some gouges and carbide bits.

-- Craig, North Carolina

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 08:56 PM

This is truly one of a kind plus cool inlay

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 09:23 PM

I like your design and artistic ability however I keep heatring the word punky what does it mean I have never heard of this word until recently please explain.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 09:30 PM

Really got an imagination there. Love the design. Last photo looks like internal surgery is going on. Great use of wood that might have otherwise been scraped.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 09:33 PM

Punky refers to where the wood has become spongy from the onset of decay. If the decay is not too severe the punky wood can sometimes be stabilized or hardened up.

-- Craig, North Carolina

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 11:08 PM

I like this!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 03:08 AM

Nice abstract, you can stabilize decayed wood with bondo fiber glass.

-- Dale

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#7 posted 05-29-2009 07:01 PM

Another great piece

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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