Spalted Japanese Maple Goblet

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“Spalted Japanese Maple Goblet” is such big name for such a small turing.

I cannot get over how beautiful wood can be. This goblet was made from the trunk of a small Japanese Maple tree that died. I normally do not bother with such small pieces, as the trunk was only about 4” in diameter and about 20” long, but knowing that it is Maple and that it was dead for some time, I knew that there was a high probability that it was spalted. Sure enough.

This goblet is actually the results of my third attempt. I blew through the cup on the first two attempts, as I mention in my Shop Journal.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 1536 days ago

astounding wood..the turning did it justice.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#2 posted 1536 days ago

That wood is indeed beautiful.

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#3 posted 1536 days ago

Amazing work, Very nice finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 1536 days ago

Gorgeous goblet & how to stay at it. Well done.

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#5 posted 1536 days ago


-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1536 days ago

This is why I prefer wooden goblets to ceramic goblets, it has so much more character and far more interest. Good… no.. fantastic turning!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 1536 days ago

I have a Japanese Maple that may be dying. Maybe that won’t bother me so much if I can create something as nice as this. Beautiful!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 1535 days ago

Nice work Brian!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 1535 days ago

Truly beautiful wood and excellent work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 1533 days ago

Very cool !! Gotta love spalted wood its truly natures art . I really like the style Brian .

Great Job!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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