Spalted Winged Box

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Project by interpim posted 10-19-2010 07:32 PM 1440 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On one of my wood expeditions with my kids I was cutting up a fallen Maple branch with my axe and started to haul them back to the house. My 4 year old son, said “Daddy, I have some wood for you!” and he had a rather small branch that I was going to leave on the ground… I actually told him that I didn’t need that one, that he could throw it on the ground. Well, he was upset and I told him, ok… you can bring it.

Well, long story short, I decided to turn a piece of it today, and I was amazed at the spalting coloration in this wood. For the amount of spalting it was actually very stable. This is a very small box, but it will hold a few rings. The finial handle on the top is from a piece of ebony I had laying around.

Comments, Critiques and Questions are appreciated.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 07:33 PM

Nice Box!!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 07:51 PM

Very Nice box, love the shape and that wood is gorgous.

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 08:04 PM

Very nice turning, how big is it and what did you use to finish it?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 08:08 PM

from wing tip to wing tip I would say it’s about 5” across… the boxed portion is ~2” or so. bottom to top of the finial is about 3”. Finish is wax.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 08:18 PM

Unique wood and a very special turning.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 08:33 PM

That’s really unique, as Jim says. It kind looks like a turtle. Great find!


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#7 posted 10-19-2010 08:45 PM

Jordan, I also thought it looked like a turtle! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 09:02 PM

Mental note Interpim: Take son on more wood expeditions with you ;-)

Wonderful turning. What a great surprise that must have been for you. Does your son like it? He will hold that over your head until you are old and gray no doubt! Thanks for the post.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 10:01 PM

Your son has a good eye for wood. Take him with you whenever you go looking. Nice piece.

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

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 07:34 AM

Great turning! Love the wings with the live edges. Your son has a keen eye for a treasure in the hiding. You 2 make a good team.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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