Spalted Maple Hollow Form

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Project by scrappy posted 1139 days ago 1370 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a true UGLY DUCKLING. I have never seen a piece of wood this ugly get turned. It was soo bad, I wouldn’t have put it on the fire! The only reason I tried to turn it was because it was given to me, to see if I could make some thing from it. I think it is Maple.

The entire outside was black. (sorry did not get pic of blank before turning) It had a crack going all the way from one edge to the core, and several small checks also.

Lots of bug holes. Some all the way through the log. VERY heavy spalting all through plus LOTS of PUNKY spots!! It took lots of super glue to stabilize this enough to turn with out it flying apart.

Lots of fun and the Ugly Duckling turned into a Swan ( that’s what my wife called it)

4 inch tall by 5 inch diam. Turned to 1/4 inch wall. ( I was too scared to go any thinner) haha

Finish is Old Masters Tung Oil/Varnish.

Please leave all comments and critiques. I welcome all criticism and helpful hints. Thank You for looking.


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

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#1 posted 1139 days ago

The ugly ducklings are always the best to work with, huh? It looks great! I love the way it turned out.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#2 posted 1139 days ago

Amazing! I too love working with pieces of wood that others look at and say, “what are you going to do with that?!?”

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#3 posted 1139 days ago

That came out great Scrappy!
Ugly duckling my foot!
Nice work !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 1139 days ago

This is a nice piece. The defects play to it beauty.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#5 posted 1139 days ago

That is one beat-up piece of wood! You made something beautiful out of it. Congratulations on your success. In the end you have produced something with high visual interest.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 1138 days ago

What a great looking hollow Scrap! Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 1138 days ago

Nice save there Scrappy. This HF looks very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 1138 days ago

Looks great Scrappy. Well done.

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#9 posted 1138 days ago

GOOD EFFORT ,its beautiful

-- jim nevada

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#10 posted 1138 days ago

wow Scrappy, this is delightful. it’s every turners dream to find wood as gorgeous as this & to turn it well. I lkie just about every thing about it & i’m jealous too!

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

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#11 posted 1138 days ago

It looks like a swan!! Nice job,Dan. I’ll bet it was hard to hold together. Smart thinking using super glue to keep it together. I have had stuff like that come at me lots of time. It’s not fun when you get close to the end and it lets go. You made it and it looks great!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 1138 days ago

Fascinating piece with great visual interest. It’s majestic in it’s decay!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#13 posted 1138 days ago

I love it when an ugly piece turns out well! Kinda like when a trouble kid decides to straighten up but the scars are still there but it’s beautiful! Great job!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 1138 days ago

Wow, you did this on your midi Jet 1220? What chuck are you using? You have nerves of steel turning this with all the cracks in it, but look at the piece now, after the master turned it…. Amazing is all that I can say my friend.


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#15 posted 1138 days ago

Hey, galleries pay good money for pieces with character like this. You’ve got a really great form there, everything else is incidental. Good work!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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