Spalted "Blue Hole" Maple

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Project by jaykaypur posted 06-17-2013 10:01 PM 1465 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood for this box came from a severely spalted maple tree that had blown down in a wind storm at a nearby swimming hole—Blue Hole. The box measures 9×8 x 3 and the box lid handle was copied from one of my kitchen cabinet handles! Surprisingly, even with all the spalting, the wood is pretty strong and stable. It’s finished with 3 applications of natural Danish oil and 1 application of Howards wax. This is the prettiest wood I have ever worked with and I am relieved that it turned out okay. Thanks for the looks and the comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 10:29 PM


-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 11:02 PM

Words fail me when I look at the beauty of that wood and the box.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 11:29 PM

Awesome Jim! Spalted Maple is always a favorite. It’s amazing how something that kills the tree can look so beautiful. Great looking work, take care!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 12:12 AM

Nice work on the box. Some of the most beautiful spalting I have seen in a long time, and I hunt for downed trees all summer long. Great find.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 12:20 AM

The wood is awesome. Great work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 12:21 AM

That box is absolutely beautiful. I would love to have some of that wood. Fantastic work.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 06-18-2013 01:27 AM

What else can be said? That is super!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 01:51 AM

spalted wood is amazing and you did a superb job of showcasing it.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#9 posted 06-18-2013 03:20 AM

Incredibly beautiful wood and great job! I particularly like that you kept the grain pattern matched.

-- Dick

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#10 posted 06-18-2013 06:29 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 06-18-2013 10:20 AM

“Blue Hole”!! First place I swam back in 1991 when I first came to Virginia. That box is absolutely beautiful jay!


-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#12 posted 06-18-2013 11:40 AM

how come the best trees fall near you!!
the box is great and the wood unique
definitely one of a kind another ACE

-- KOOG plan today...survive tommorow

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#13 posted 06-18-2013 12:19 PM

That is one of the most fantastic looking pieces I have ever seen! Wow! Just Wow! You have really done this wood justice. Well done.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 06-18-2013 12:30 PM

Some serious grain and beauty goin on there. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 06-18-2013 09:35 PM

outstanding job

-- Joe, Ga

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