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    spalted maple lumber?

    ok is there any call for spalted maple lumber? and if so how far does one let it go before its junk,either for turners or boards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ok is there any call for spalted maple lumber? and if so how far does one let it go before its junk,either for turners or boards?
    As long as it is not squishy, it can be desirable.
    Answer to question: Yes, there is call for any strange looking wood, especially spalt. Even soft wood can be stabilized for turning for smaller stuff.

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    do you deliver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    do you deliver?
    I wish he could
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    I wish he could
    Hey, this is Larry you are talking about.
    A big, bearded guy just could come a knocking yer door one day with a load of wood.
    Would be amazing, but not surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ok is there any call for spalted maple lumber? and if so how far does one let it go before its junk,either for turners or boards?
    I'd say there is a ready market for spalted Maple...either boards or turning blanks. Thicker planks that can be resawn into bookmatched boards are especially prized.

    Knowing when to arrest the spalting is a hit-or-miss proposition, though. You want the spalting to be developed enough to be interesting but if it goes too far and the wood becomes punky, the value goes way down...and it may be worthless.

    BTW, the MC must remain above 20% for spalting to occur/continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Hey, this is Larry you are talking about.
    A big, bearded guy just could come a knocking yer door one day with a load of wood.
    Would be amazing, but not surprising.
    I have to agree with you on that Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody Colston View Post
    I'd say there is a ready market for spalted Maple...either boards or turning blanks. Thicker planks that can be resawn into bookmatched boards are especially prized.

    Knowing when to arrest the spalting is a hit-or-miss proposition, though. You want the spalting to be developed enough to be interesting but if it goes too far and the wood becomes punky, the value goes way down...and it may be worthless.

    BTW, the MC must remain above 20% for spalting to occur/continue.
    well cody i have some chunks now that have some and will ake bowl blanks but it wasnt big enought to cut for boards and the spalting is just sting to go the center was still solid as a rock..but i got more to look at and may get lucky..
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    What's that???

    Did someone say bowl blank?

    Well, Larry, here's a story for ya. There was a customer in the store a couple months ago. He had a friend who dabbled in milling, and someone gave him a trunk about 15' long and 40" in diameter (or more) that was fully spalted but not punky. A turner (of whom I don't know the name) wanted it, and offered sight unseen $15,000.00!!!! Yes, 15 GRAND!!

    But more likely planks are the ticket. There are people who cherish spalted lumber. Plus, with unique sawing (such as natural edge slabs) you could easily make some good money.

    Hutch

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    I was looking on ebay about a year ago at spalted maple book matched panels. They were going for really high prices. a 1/4 inch thick by 15 wide by about 24 long was going for around 70 dollars.

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