Spalt meets burl

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Project by MonteCristo posted 557 days ago 696 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought this was a pretty cool piece of Big Leaf Maple, being part burl and part nicely spalted. 10.5” in diameter, 1.5” tall.

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

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#1 posted 557 days ago

Just one word….WOW !!!

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

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#2 posted 557 days ago

Cool looking piece of timber, nice job to match :)

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

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#3 posted 557 days ago

Good bowl, great wood. Hope I can find some of that.

-- 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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#4 posted 557 days ago

Super fine work! Wonderful design, and as pretty as they come. If you don’t keep it for show and use, it’ll sell for big bucks.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 557 days ago

That turning came out really nice, the contrast in wood created a great effect.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 557 days ago

Fine example of Yin Yang!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 557 days ago

Great looking bowl. You never know what the results will look like from the outside.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 556 days ago

Thanks for the comments. Spalted Big Leaf Maple is a bit of a trick to work with as it goes punky (mussy) if the spalt has gone too far. I’ve had a few duds when I tried to use pieces that were too far gone but ones like this are the reward for persisting. I still dream of getting a really big chunk that’s not too far gone . . .

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

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#9 posted 556 days ago

That is a fantastic looking piece Monte!!!!!!!!!!
Where do you get this beautiful stuff I would like to know ?

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 556 days ago

Hi Kiefer:

Glad you like it ! Next time maybe I’ll include a pix of all the chunks I started with. It’s a little like panning for gold – lots of gravel with the occasional gem . . .

Actually most of my spalted maple has come from one big sucker maple I took down for a friend a year or so ago. It was still standing but parts were well on their way to oblivion. It seems this can happen with this tree, especially at points where the water gets in (eg a broken limb). You almost have to see it to believe it. And then there are the carpenter ants, lot of them !!!

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

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#11 posted 553 days ago

Beautiful Dwight, I love the grain pattern and contrasting color…masterpiece I can’t wait to see your next project

-- Cosmicturner

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#12 posted 545 days ago

That is a stunning specimen. The color contrasts, grain and movement are really fantastic. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of nature with us. Great job showing it off.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 528 days ago

Hi Dwight: I see you’ve been busy!! More than just cool … lovely for sure!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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