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Project by chrisirving posted 04-24-2018 11:33 AM 647 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up some logs from the side of the road and have been turning them for the last several days. I’m not exactly sure what the wood is, I’m thinking maple?
I turned this, dried it in the microwave over a couple of days, then final turned it to 3/16-1/4”. It ended up drying perfectly with no cracks and just a bit of warping
It has a little spalting going on and the wood looks a lot like maple but maybe a little darker. The bark is coarse and wants to stay on the logs, any guesses as to the wood?





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Hazem

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 11:41 AM

I dig it.

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#2 posted 04-24-2018 12:03 PM

Here’s a couple of pics of the logs

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 02:42 PM

Nice job turning.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 04-24-2018 02:52 PM

Nice!

The bowl does look a little like spalted maple but the bark on the log doesn’t look like the types of maple I am familiar with (though that may not mean much since none of them grow natively in the DFW area). One way to help verify a maple is with a stem with leaf buds if you have any. Trees in the maple family are one of the minority of trees that have the leaves exactly opposite each other (not to be confused with compound leaves like pecans and hickories). The majority of the other trees have alternate leaves where the next leaf up the stem is on the other side.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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chrisirving

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#5 posted 04-24-2018 04:09 PM



Nice!

The bowl does look a little like spalted maple but the bark on the log doesn t look like the types of maple I am familiar with (though that may not mean much since none of them grow natively in the DFW area). One way to help verify a maple is with a stem with leaf buds if you have any. Trees in the maple family are one of the minority of trees that have the leaves exactly opposite each other (not to be confused with compound leaves like pecans and hickories). The majority of the other trees have alternate leaves where the next leaf up the stem is on the other side.

- Lazyman


I wish I had some leaves to go by but it was literally just five logs by the street not to far from where I live
I’m planning on leaving a bowl in their mailbox with a thank you note ;)
Thanks for the comments

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 04-24-2018 05:17 PM

Beautiful bowl.

I am well known for NOT being able to identify wood. I cheat and take a small sample to my Rockler store for help!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 04-25-2018 02:59 AM

Nice work. Looks like Ash in the log pics, but the turning is way wild for plain Ash, unless that is a burl.

Whatever it is you used some “fell off the truck firewood” as well as could be expected.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 04-25-2018 11:31 AM

I found out that the wood is Sweetgum, or as we used to call them growing up, “a gumball tree” ;)

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