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Forum topic by Thunderhorse posted 07-15-2017 03:51 AM 698 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thunderhorse

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07-15-2017 03:51 AM

Cleaning up my wood pile..or one of them, at any rate, and I cut up some pecan I had left sitting too long. Alot of it went too far into rot but some is salvageable.

I have work to do on my resaw set up. I have an old Delta 14” with riser but with only a 1/2 horse motor and its just not doing too well. Granted, my blade is probably not sharp but even when it was, it would still bog down frequently.

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#1 posted 07-15-2017 01:30 PM

I like that thin black line spalting better than the wild spading that covers the entire piece.

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#2 posted 07-15-2017 03:06 PM

If you turn, it’ll make beautiful bowls. I’ve made some in the past. You can see some of them in my projects and blog posts

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 04:17 PM

I like spalted too but I sure pay a price,It really smells bad to me I also felt a little sick after working some spalted hickory / pecan.
No free lunch.

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 07:48 PM

Well, its super punky and came apart pretty bad but with the speed up and light cuts….and alot of sanding, I should be able to get some nice items out of it.

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I had enough of that for one day and took a chunk of mesquite and made a vase. its not bad….the interior leave alot to be desired but I used too small a base/chuck grip and well….meh.

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#5 posted 07-15-2017 08:09 PM

I love the beauty of spalted wood … too bad it can’t be carved!

-- "Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop." -- Michelangelo

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#6 posted 07-16-2017 07:22 PM

Was wondering what you would make with that spalted wood, looks outstanding. Some turners recommend apply CA glue as you turn to stiffen up spalted wood. I have tried that and guess it works some what but rather toss the really bad piece versus apply wait turn apply etc.

-- Bill

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Thunderhorse

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#7 posted 07-16-2017 10:25 PM



Was wondering what you would make with that spalted wood, looks outstanding. Some turners recommend apply CA glue as you turn to stiffen up spalted wood. I have tried that and guess it works some what but rather toss the really bad piece versus apply wait turn apply etc.

- Wildwood

I’ve not tried CA glue for that because of the cost. I have some on the way and I may try it but only on a piece that I think will look really good. I turned a bowl rough earlier today from the boards pictured and I lost it. Tear out was horrible and it was a little spongy once I got into it.

That, in my experience, is the issue with spalting-that because of what causes it, you have a relatively short window between workable and mush. I watched a video a couple weeks ago where a tree biologist gave a talk to what looked like a wood turners club (search for Dr. Spalt on Youtube if interested). The distinct black lines aren’t the weakness, those are divisions between different colonies of fungus. Its all the wood in between that gets eaten up.

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#8 posted 07-16-2017 10:42 PM

any idea what the orange color in the spalting is all about?

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#9 posted 07-17-2017 12:40 PM

Everything ever wanted to know bout spalted wood if have money & time;

https://www.amazon.com/Spalted-Wood-History-Science-Material/dp/0764350382/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500294241&sr=1-1&keywords=spalted+wood

if don’t want to buy the book go to Sara C. Robinson’s site for more info free.

http://www.northernspalting.com/beginners-guide/

Thin Sara or Julia to few turning clubs given lectures & demos on spalting and dying her turnings..

Where I live just lay a log on the ground and will see some spalting in six month for most species. If been on the ground for more than a year don’t bother with it. Have turned my share of spalted wood and without aid of any reference material know when to leave it. Yet if can catch it before goes bad things can get interesting.

-- Bill

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#10 posted 07-17-2017 01:17 PM

That’s her!

I’m assuming the orange splotches are different species of fungus but I have seen very little of it before.

Of the wood species I have worked with, Pecan and Ash tend to spalt with the defined black lines and mesquite….not much at all.

My pecan has been laying out for about a year, I suppose. I got to a point where I more or less shut up the workshop for a good long stretch so it say a lot longer than I meant for it too, unfortunately. I’ve processed all I had left and stored it inside with the intent to turn most of it in the next couple weeks. I should be able to get a few pieces out of it, I did have a quasi successful little pot come out of the same stuff and a small vase I have roughed out will work out with a little bit of crack sealing.

The “60 grit gouge” gets a lot of work on this stuff.

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