Fire Wood Pile Find

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Project by Rockbuster posted 10-24-2012 01:59 AM 1824 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This great looking spalted piece of wood came from a piece of White Oak that was in my firewood pile for the last two years It measured 22” in diameter, and about 24” long. I was avoiding trying to split it, for it had many limbs, and just laughed at my small 7 ton splitter I finally got around to taking my chain saw and started cutting some 6” pieces from it. Afterthe first cut, I just knew that this thing had to somehow end up on my lathe The wood is very sound, and has no punk in it anywhere. There is one knot that goes all the way thru. I have three more pieces left that are equally as nice. I donated this bowl to the Forty et Eight Society, They are raffeling it off and the procedes will be used to support their Nurses Training Program. The bowl is about 10 1/2” X 4 1/2” The orange spot on the rim was a natural marking.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 02:09 AM

Wow! what a spectacular bowl and a heck of a firewood save! I wish I had firewood like that, great job!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 03:03 AM

Nice piece of spalt !

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

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 03:56 AM

WOW! That is awesome!

-- Ryan

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 04:11 AM

Nice find. You did a good job turning it too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 06:55 AM

Beautiful wood very nicely executed by you.

-- Efe Yaparoglu ,Izmir.... Not getting what u wished is a sign that there is something better behind.

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 08:05 AM

Beautiful Piece…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#7 posted 10-24-2012 08:23 AM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 10-24-2012 12:36 PM

That’s a very nice piece! Those lines are wonderful! Well done. One question: how do you know that you’ve just picked up a spalted piece of wood when looking at it? What are the signs? I’ve got a pile of wood that came with my house when I bought it and I would hate to just burn a potentially beautiful project like that.

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 12:50 PM

Young Willy, Best thing tht I can tell you is to look at the wood where it is cut, there is usually dark lines or black splotches visible. Second choice would be to just grab a splitting maul and give a log a whack, and look for the telltale black lines and splotches. If the wood is Maple, and it has been setting for a few years, there is a good chance that you will find some spalting. This is not as common for white oak, at least that has been my experience. I guess that all wood will spalt to some degree, some just takes longer than others.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 02:24 PM

HOLY SMOKES!!! I need to find me some firewood!! Great find, great turning.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#11 posted 10-24-2012 02:31 PM

I have found spalted oak near my home
it has lots of mosss or lichten growing on it..
if it does not break apart on striking then it may have spalting and is not too far gone.
I also have a large trunk of white birtch which is full of spalting
very special stuff.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#12 posted 10-24-2012 02:47 PM

That is a fine-looking piece of spalted oak. Good job with the bowl.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 10-24-2012 03:27 PM

great job of exposing the beauty of this piece of wood finish looks spot on looks like that Rikon got a work out and was ulitized to the fullest

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#14 posted 10-25-2012 01:07 AM

Beautiful piece of wood and congrats on turning it into a work of art!

“Spalted huh?” I always just thought it was rot lines! I’ve burnt up quite a few pieces of wood like that! :>( I have pulled some other pretty nice pieces of wood from the wood pile. Very often I don’t even know what some of it is. The county precinct commissioner is a friend and gave me access to where they dump the scrap lumber they clear from the roads and right of ways. Sometimes if they’re nearby they’ll even drop it off! It’s almost too bad we have mild winters and don’t get to use the wood stove more.(:>)

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 07:31 AM

Very Nice work! Thanks For Posting!


-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be in the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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