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RS Woodworks

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08-04-2010 05:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spalted spalting collection

I think that spalted wood can be some of the most interesting and nicest woods. We have all heard of spalted maple, maybe spalted birch, and a few other woods (?) as being common for spalting.

In my wood collection I have a very nice piece of spalted zebrawood, and I also recently bought some spalted walnut! When I dig them out of the pile, I’ll take some pictures to share.

So I though it would be fun to share what spalted woods you’ve come across? Anyone have some interesting species that has spalting? Share what you have seen, and if you can, a picture of it.

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!


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Woodbear

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 06:12 AM

I have seen spalted oak and fir and alder. Actually you can spalt almost any hardwood or softwood also for that matter. All you have to do is create a compost pile. Place the piece you want spalted inside the pile. Keep the pile damp and regularly check your piece. Eventually it will begin to spalt. Spalting is cause by fungus that growes within the wood. You would be amazed at the designs spalting can create. Check out my projects for some spalted maple turnings. In my bowls pictures 3 and 4 are spalted maple. In my birdhouses pictures 2, 4 and 5 have spalted apple. You have to be cafeful turning spalded wood. Spalting makes the wood unstable somwhat. If you spalt the wood yourself be sure to keep an eye on it and stop the process before the wood becomes punky. To stop the process, just remove it from the pile and put it some where warm and dry and allow the piece to dry. There is a product called polycryl which will stabilize the wood making it workable, but it should be applied while the wood is still wet. It penetrates and replaces the water then hardens. Have fun with it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 07:04 AM

I’m in the process of cutting up an old stump of cherry that is splated.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 07:13 AM

I put some 3”x5” myrtlewood outside of my shop. After a few years, I found it and it has spalted. Very nice. I have also bought Spalted Beech from allen at Milwaukee woodworks. It was light with black and brown streaks.
Robert

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 07:56 AM

I have plenty mango wood that is already 3 to 4 years old and almost all of them are spalted with different shades of brown and black. The good thing is the contrast of the black spalt to the yellow mango timber. I have also some mahogany with spalt but only strips of wood that I use for inlays.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 07:59 AM

I’ve got a box made from Spalted Mango in my projects and have a few more pieces of it that I haven’t decided what to do with yet. I’m also working on a couple of other small boxes using some peices of spalted wood that I pulled out of my pile of firewood. I think they’re apple but might be maple. And i have a few peices of spalted Paduak that I plan to make a box with eventually.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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RS Woodworks

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 08:26 AM

Thats awesome.
Bert, any interest in parting with some of that spalted mango?? :)
Don, I looked at your spalted mango box on your projects page, very very nice! Great work!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 03:19 PM

I found a piece of spalter cherry in with the normal stuff at the big box store, I bought it, but haven’t found a use for it yet, its only 6’x3’.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 03:29 PM

I have personally worked with spalted maple, elm, cherry, and sycamore. All were beautiful in their own way.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-04-2010 03:33 PM

Thanks Ryan!

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#10 posted 08-04-2010 04:24 PM

I spalt and mill many species, sycamore-sweetgum-maple-hackberry-birch…I may post more pictures later, here are some spalted and figured maple turning blanks.

Here is a 25” wide spalted curly maple slab on the sawmill.

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#11 posted 08-04-2010 04:28 PM

Spalted white oak.

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woodprof

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#12 posted 08-04-2010 06:45 PM

I’ve got some spalted applewood from some old apple trees in my backyard that are slowly dying of old age. Only big enough for pen blanks though, so far.

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RS Woodworks

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#13 posted 08-04-2010 07:06 PM

Wow, awesome. Thanks for the Pics Daren! That wide maple board is fantastic! Did you make anything out of it yet?
Spalted white oak would be amazing. Is that your log and did you have any of it quarter sawn? I’d love to see if the same chatoyance exists as on regular QS white oak.

Thanks guys, keep the pics coming to!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#14 posted 08-04-2010 07:17 PM

Daren, you’ve got some fantastic wood there!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 07:20 PM

Ryan, I made some stuff from that wide lumber…but sold most of it. It was a big tree and I got almost 1000 bft from it, probably 600 bft of 24” wide stock…here are 2 in a bookmatch (notice the framing square on top of one of the slabs)

Here is some spalted curly redbud, it’s hard to see the curl fresh sawn, but it’s there.

And a slice of spalted maple burl.

More maple

Hackberry

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