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Shallow Bowl in Termite Spalted Pine

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Project by PASs posted 604 days ago 1870 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second large turning, approximately 18 inches by 4 inches.
This was from the second of two trunk sections of a pine tree.
The damage from the termites living in the wood is more evident, as is the spalting.
I have identified the 4 types of spalting in this single piece of wood (pigmentation, white rot, zone lines, and brown rot).
Additional work is visible at: https://www.facebook.com/pndswipes
Thanks

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."





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atchison32

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#1 posted 604 days ago

Nice!

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mcoyfrog

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#2 posted 604 days ago

Man the grain in that is soooooo awesome. love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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peteg

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#3 posted 604 days ago

you have been rewarded for your persistence, looks old way beyond its years, nice job Pete
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 604 days ago

The natural pattern defines its beauty.

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nonickswood

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#5 posted 604 days ago

Another Great Piece, Nice Work Pete!

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 603 days ago

Wow , what a unique pattern!! Only Mother Nature can create such a thing!!..............Jim

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

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Roger

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#7 posted 603 days ago

That is krazzzzy-kool Pete

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 603 days ago

Another nice piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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deon

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#9 posted 603 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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hunter71

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#10 posted 603 days ago

I would not even burn that wood and you went and made it a work of art.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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DouginVa

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#11 posted 603 days ago

Is that a crack in the top right of the first pic? Drats! Hate it when that happens…...Good choice of wood though, lot’s of different colors and effects from the termite tunnels and rot/spalting.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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PASs

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#12 posted 602 days ago

Doug, yes it is a crack.
I appeared after I brought it in the house where it’s warmer and dryer.
I half expected it considering the wood was fairly wet when I started turning it.
Considering the otherwise rough nature of the piece I’m not even going to worry about the crack unless it becomes a structural issue.
Speaking of structure, there is about a 1 inch square piece missing at about the 1 o’clock position in picture 1, and another chunk flew off the edge as I started hollowing the center.
I often work in wood that is well past punky…my general rule is to stand well clear of the wood when I first start the lathe to see how much flies off before I start tooling.
With this piece I was slinging live termites all over the shop the first day, so I had to dismount the piece and put it in a trash bag and pour some paint thinner in it to kill them off. There are actually some dead termites still in their tunnels.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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