Spalted Maple Bowls

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Project by Joedcatman posted 12-13-2010 05:57 AM 1544 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two spalted maple bowls that I made from an old tree that came down in the last windstorm here. I was luck enough to get some pretty good size pieces before they were hauled off to the landfill. There is such a fine line between spalting and rot that some parts of each bowl are less than perfect. The first three are the second bowl I turned and the last three pics are my first attempt at working with spalted wood. Both are finished with Zinzer sanding sealer and two coats of semi-gloss urethane.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 02:17 PM

Great work. Beautiful grain. I just got done turning one out of spalted maple. It was a little to green than what I thought it was. I turned it down to far wrapped it up the next day It was cracked big time. I brought it into my office and I was amazed alot of them closed back up. I think I’m going to try and epoxy the cracks with black. To knida match the spalting.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 08:49 PM

Looking good Joe! I think spalted maple is amazing.

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 09:03 PM

Thanks Eagle1, I didn’t know maple would spalt when it was green. The tip about using epoxy to fill crack will come in handy in my shop, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. BTY your square bowl is really great. I’ve never seen one like it before but I think I may have one of my very own soonly.

$tudie – I have enough spalted maple in my front yard to last us both a very long time if you want some let me know. Unfortunately none are long enough to turn into boards but it will make great turning stock. Tim, you can have some too if you want it, I’ll send you a map. LOL

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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