Serious Spalt

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Project by Kerux2 posted 345 days ago 861 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another really nice and serious spalted piece. This bowl won the judges choice in 2013 Rockler’s Super-Bowl contest. It is about 7” round and about 2.75 inches high with a few coats of wipe on poly.

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#1 posted 345 days ago

That’s a fine-looking bowl and some spectacular wood. Is it maple?

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#2 posted 345 days ago

Beautiful wood and a nice turning. Is it Box Elder /Alder ?

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#3 posted 345 days ago

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!. You’ve got me interested in turning that big spalted beech log I trip over in the barn all the time. I can see why you won the award. Did you finish it on or off the lathe?
cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 345 days ago

Looks great!

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#5 posted 345 days ago

Thank you all. This is big leaf maple. I’m not sure what fungus caused the orange color? It was finished off the lathe.

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#6 posted 345 days ago

Really great looking piece. Love the spalting.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#7 posted 345 days ago

An awesome bowl…the colour and spalting is beautiful…and congrats on the Judges choice award…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 345 days ago

I have to ask, did you have any trouble with tearout? I’ve been turning some bowls with spalting that are very similar to yours (smaller though) and I get little chunks that rip out of the punky areas. When I try to sand them out I also get ridges where the punky wood just sands away quickly and the solid wood remains. What’s your secret? Great bowl.


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#9 posted 344 days ago

JPNpro, I really didn’t have to much punky in this. When it appears to have punky stuff I usually turn with tools and leave it a bit thicker than normal and then sand with fine grits. Stay awary from anything below 220 grit. Or like this here, small punky spots can be hardened with some thin CA glue.

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#10 posted 344 days ago

Great work on a great piece of wood!

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#11 posted 344 days ago

seriously excellent bowl. Congratulations on your super bowl win. Its well deserved.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 344 days ago

Really outstanding! Congrats on a well deserved win!

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#13 posted 343 days ago

Beautiful wood beautifully finished! Congratulations. Thnaks for sharing.

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#14 posted 341 days ago

Absolutely a winner! Great shape and the wood has stunning colors and grain patterns. Excellent work!

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#15 posted 286 days ago

Nice job on a stunning piece of wood.

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