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    Spalted Maple Bowl

    After my box turning attempt went south, I chucked up a blank of spalted maple and this is what I ended up with. 12" X 5" finish so far is a few coats of danish oil...which it sucked up. There were some punky areas that caused some tear out, but I wet sanded with oil with 220, 320 and 400 and the slury filled some of that up. This is kinda thin for me , but I like it. This will probably end up on our table for fruit.

    Comments welcome.
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    I like the spalted wood and with the finish on it im sure its going to look great. The same thing happened to me when i was trying to make a hollow vessel and it had a bad spot in it so i gave up on making it a vessel and turned it into a bowl...ahhh well there will be other times......Dan
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    Jeff - sure is some pretty wood! Nice form!
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    Jeff,
    Love the spalted maple... I have about a ton that I hope I get turned before I lose any of it... a lady came by my booth last spring and said she had a tree in her back yard with "that disease"... I looked at it and it was spalted maple... the original tree was somewhere between 24 and 30 inches diameter and had been cut over a year when she gave it to me.... still lots of solid wood and lots of ants in the wood.... first trip I loaded my little Ranger to the hilt and made asecond trip last month for another load. I didn't take the limbs... mostly 5-6 or 8 inches diameter x about 18-24 inches chunks.... but the trunk pieces are beautiful.

    I really like the shape and design you put on this bowl.... looks like the oil may have darkened the wood slightly, otherwise wow....
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    Thanks for the comments....

    Chuck danish oil does usually darken the wood a little. I like it on most pieces but I am going to buy some "artist fix", can't remember what is called, to try out as well. It basically puts a clear finish on that does not change the color. I read about it in David Ellsworth's book.
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    i am startun to see why yu can sell that spinny stuff jeff.. thats a fine fruit bowl yu have there and alot thinner than normal for yu
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    Great form and some really pretty wood Jeff. Well done.
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    Beautifully done Jeff! That wood is gorgeous!
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    Nicely done, Jeff. I was gonna poke at you for making it so thin, but then you went and beat me to it.
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    Very cool. I actually was able to see that one up close and personal. It feels as good as it looks.

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