Ambrosia Maple Bowl

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Project by scpruitt posted 09-15-2013 03:23 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an oval bowl made from Ambrosia Maple. The bowl is about 4” deep X 7.5” X 9.5”. Made using the stack ring method on a scroll saw. Finished with 2 coats of BLO and clear poly.

My mom said she had never heard of Ambrosia Maple (neither had I except I thought the wood looked cool) so I looked it up. Here is the description (for anyone like me that thought it came from the country of Ambrosia :-)

Ambrosia maple comes from regular soft maple and Hard Maple trees that have been infested by the ambrosia beetle. The small beetle bores a network of tunnels and short galleries called cradles. A fungus is responsible for the blue, gray and brown streaks and decorative patch work that accompany each tunnel and adjacent wood. The streaks and patch work add a unique look to this hardwood without affecting its structural integrity. This wood is mostly found in the central part of Eastern United States.
The tunnels made from the beetles are extremely small. The infestation of the ambrosia beetle is terminated during the kiln drying process and will not start again in dry wood as the beetle needs somewhat wet wood to survive. Ambrosia beetles also infest other species such as birch, Aspen and Beech.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 06:57 AM

This is really cool. Great job and thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 07:21 AM

Very nice bowl.

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 11:42 AM

Very nice bowl…looks great.

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 07:00 PM

Beautiful wood and it’s nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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