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    Spalted Maple

    Finally had some time at the lathe in the shop...this one is spalted maple, 8" wide and about 3" tall. Finsih so far is just one coat of danish oil, but more finish sanding and some more oil are in its future. The wood was punky and I almost gave up on it. Comments and critiques please....
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    Almost as good as ourspalted beech Jeff

    The bowl is lovely, How thin is the rim? Bet that took some concentration.

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    Glad ye stuck with it. Lookin' fine.
    I need some shop time. Between ice storm, cold and other activities, I haven't been in shop in weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Finally had some time at the lathe in the shop...this one is spalted maple, 8" wide and about 3" tall. Finsih so far is just one coat of danish oil, but more finish sanding and some more oil are in its future. The wood was punky and I almost gave up on it. Comments and critiques please....
    Never give up on spalted maple that looks like that... that is a beautiful piece of wood and nice form and shape to it.

    I'm still working on a tree that fell in my yard back in 2004... sometimes the wood is almost powder, but it's worth all the extra effort... some great spalting.
    With the oil, does it soak in enough to sorta stabilize the punk??
    I usually put a sanding sealer over mine because of the punk to try and harden it a little.... I just got a power sander and can get smoother finishes now... before I was sanding by hand and the punky areas weren't getting as smooth as I wanted... I have a few pieces that are a little rough in areas because of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete MoncrieffJury View Post
    Almost as good as ourspalted beech Jeff

    The bowl is lovely, How thin is the rim? Bet that took some concentration.

    Pete
    Now that's funny Pete...The rim is just under a 1/4"...and thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Glad ye stuck with it. Lookin' fine.
    I need some shop time. Between ice storm, cold and other activities, I haven't been in shop in weeks.
    Frank, that's what kept me out of the shop too...weather, sinus infection and other activities...getting in there did wonders for my mood.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Never give up on spalted maple that looks like that... that is a beautiful piece of wood and nice form and shape to it.

    I'm still working on a tree that fell in my yard back in 2004... sometimes the wood is almost powder, but it's worth all the extra effort... some great spalting.
    With the oil, does it soak in enough to sorta stabilize the punk??
    I usually put a sanding sealer over mine because of the punk to try and harden it a little.... I just got a power sander and can get smoother finishes now... before I was sanding by hand and the punky areas weren't getting as smooth as I wanted... I have a few pieces that are a little rough in areas because of that.
    Chuck, the blank was almost 16" square when I started on it. About 4" just kinda tore away until I found more stable wood further in. The oil really does soak in but didn't stablize the punky parts. Bernie W. has a formula for that, can't remember what it is though.
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    That's a great hunk of bowl Jeff. Excellent form and nice job on the finish
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    I'm afraid I can't be objective enough, I love spalted maple in any form that it may take. But that bowl is gorgeous
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    Nicely done, Jeff. I too am a fan of anything with spalting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Bower View Post
    Nicely done, Jeff. I too am a fan of anything with spalting.
    I have to second that sentiment!!
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    Very nice, Jeff. Not used to seeing you do thin stuff, but I like this one.
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