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Spalted Big Leaf Maple Clock

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Project by MonteCristo posted 08-26-2012 04:18 PM 932 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a clock I made for a 50th birthday present. The piece of maple comes from the outside of a big tree I took down for a friend. These trees are alive and dead at the same time ! By that I mean that they can have parts that are well along in the decaying process while other parts of the tree are still sound. The wood is therefore very variable in color and hardness. That, combined with the fragmented nature of the piece, requires some care during turning.

This clock is bigger than it probably looks. It’s about 17” in diameter. The minute hand is 4” long for reference. The inner hour markings are walnut while the outer, bigger ones are yellow cedar. It has a tung oil finish.

Not the best pix but putting it on LJs was an afterthought.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""





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SASmith

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 05:02 PM

That is a gorgeous piece of wood. I bet it was a pain to turn.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 05:28 PM

Hi Scott: Yup, spalted maple is a pain, especially if the spalting has gone a bit too far, which I think it had in this case. The endgrain spots basically turn into sponges.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 06:06 PM

Well done!

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 06:27 PM

I like it, it looks great. I do wish the hands would stand out a bit more, maybe if they were a little bigger and/or brighter.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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MonteCristo

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 06:35 PM

Hi Darryl:

Yea, the hands are a problem because spalted maple is not a single color. The bit of yellow paint on the ends actually works better than these photos show but I am still looking for a better solution.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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kiefer

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 07:14 PM

What a natural warm look to this clock .
Love the inset look of the number pegs .
Very attractive .

-- Kiefer 松

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