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Forum topic by svenbecca posted 12-30-2013 07:39 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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svenbecca

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12-30-2013 07:39 PM

Busted some pallets down this morning and planed them down. I found this. Any clues?

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.


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bowedcurly

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 07:42 PM

ambrosia maple good find lucky guy

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 07:44 PM

but Im not a wood expert, but it could be that, have fun with that maple looks like it’s partly spalted or stained

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 07:52 PM

Ambrosia maple, you got lucky.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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richardwootton

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 09:16 PM

I have a bunch of ambrosia maple, and that sure looks like what you have. The color streaks on yours look more prominent than it does on mine, but that could be from the wood beginning to spalt or something like that.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 10:08 PM

Ambrosia maple. It’s not a species, it’s a bug that infests maple trees. It does make for some interesting wood.

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

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svenbecca

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 10:10 PM

Thank you all

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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Charlie75

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 10:39 PM

I really don’t know what it is but I wish I had it. That grain is very beautiful. It would make some really neat band saw boxes.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 02:09 AM

Without a closeup of the grain structure I’m gonna say either ambrosia maple or ambrosia sycamore as I have seen both that look like yours. I’m leaning toward sycamore at this point. Joint an edge and post a pic.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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WDHLT15

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 03:31 AM

I believe it to be ambrosia maple as well. The ambrosia beetle bores into the living tree to lay eggs. The beetle carries a host fungus on its body. The beetle makes the holes, and the fungus makes the flame-like blue-green stain as it grows. One of the coolest things in wood in my opinion.

The odd thing is that ambrosia beetles normally only attack very weak or dying trees. They do this in all kinds of species, including hardwoods and softwoods. For some reason, in red maple, they can infest a healthy tree. One of the few species that this happens in.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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richardwootton

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 03:58 AM

Danny, does the tree continue to live after infestation?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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WDHLT15

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 01:30 PM

Yes, the maples do. That is what is unusual about it.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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