Spalted Hackberry Round Obelisk Sculpture

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Spalted Hackberry Round Obelisk Sculpture
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Yes, that’s what I’m calling it…a round obelisk scuplture. It’s about 20” tall with the base. The finish on the spalted hackberry is 6 or 7 coats of rattle can laquer. The rough sawn oak base was burned with a propane torch and then while it was still a bit hot I put some wax on it and then buffed it immediately. That gave it a deep dark somewhat shiny finish while still leaving a natural rough sawn look…it also made a mess of my hands and shirt.

Comments and critques are always welcome.

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 08:22 PM

That is sure some pretty wood. Interesting idea on the oak. Ever get the shirt clean?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 08:30 PM

Very cool!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 04:44 AM

How do you like the hackberry overall? My mill is starting to carry it and is going to send me a free board for me to try it out. I understand it is a dense wood like oak? Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 04:02 PM

Thanks for the comments guys and no the shirt is stained forever!!

Woodworerscott, I love turning hackberry, but all of it has been spalted and a bit punky so I’m not sure how dense it is. I also have never built anything out of it…only turned it.

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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