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Project by RootandBranch posted 12-21-2015 06:54 PM 575 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last chunk of that really cool wormy/spalted log I was given. You can’t grow this kind of unique. Pretty cool to watch a few folks at the craft show I was doing pick it up and admire it, then gently set it back down after describing in probably too much detail how it came to be that way.

Need to work on my bedside manner.

-- Don, -

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 09:27 PM

Cool little bowl. Has a real personality to it.

And what is it about the story of “How it got that way” that folks dont like? Did you pull it from the bottom of a septic tank? :-)

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 10:04 PM

My sister and brother in law have a lake house. He found it a couple years ago when washed ashore. He grabbed it and put it into the woodpile and forgot about it. In passing I mentioned being short on turnin’ stock and he gave me some pieces and this was one. It had dried out by then and I left it sit for another year. When I cut into it, it had all kinds of spalting, bug and worm holes in it. When you explain that the spalting comes from a fungus and the cool holes and tracks are left by critters, it ups the ewwww factor for some. Mostly women it seems. Guys tend to think it’s awesome.

-- Don, -

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 10:50 PM

I get the same kind of “Ewww. That’s disgusting” reaction from my thithter. She also can’t stomach mushrooms in her food. Imagine that! One of God’s greatest gifts to mankind is “disgusting” to some neanderthals. My Hibiscus Vase being a case in point. When that bush died, I just kept it around to see what would come. (I didn’t, at the time, even know about “spalting.”) If you saw the video, you know of my delight in finding it. Now I have so much wood lying around (Silver Maple; Mulberry; Eucalyptus, and what not) that I’m sure, over time, I’ll find wonderful surprises in it. The trouble is in the waiting. What a blessing “throw-away” wood is, huh? See also my Rose Fist, speaking of utterly unique. Thanks for sharing this, Don. (I still have about half of that “fence post” RBS got in Oregon. Now, I’m looking at it again, thanks to you. It’s right there, seriously, fifteen feet away from me. I’m looking at it.)

-- Mark

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 12:49 AM

I reckon it’s awesome too.
And I totally know that EWWWWW reaction.
Thanks for sharing this.

Merry Christmas.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 10:56 AM

It would have been cooler if it was pulled out from the bottom of a septic tank. But it’s still awesome! Did you have to harden it with CA glue or anything?

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 02:25 PM

Mark, quit looking at it. Chuck it up then write it up.

Blue, I had to CA some spots and did the tenons just because. It was weird, some spots were hard like maple and others soft as cork.

-- Don, -

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 10:19 PM

I have an oak bowl I made from a tree that died of some sort of disease. Not sure what the disease is called but it sure made some pretty spalting. Anyway looks very similar to your bowl. Unfortunately, mine checked and moved an incredible amount that it may not do much.

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#8 posted 01-22-2016 08:25 PM

Mark, quit looking at it. Chuck it up then write it up.

- RootandBranch

I did. It was unworkable. I still have about two-thirds of it, in case I’m wrong, and it becomes workable, someday.

-- Mark

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