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    Spalted Vase

    This wood was a gift from a friend in Wisconsin and he told me it came from a hard maple tree that had died, then blew over in the wind with the main trunk hanging up on the stump. The tree had been hanging there for about 8 years and over time the spalting had migrated up the trunk from the ground and turned the whole tree into a gem!

    Lots of zone lines, worm holes, some small areas of curl!

    Spalted vase, 8.5" high x 4.25" diameter x 1/8" thick, sanded to 400 grit and has several coats of gloss wipe-on poly.

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    As always, your opinions, comments and critiques are welcomed!

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    Looks great Steve! Great shape, wood and finish!
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    Very fine. Reminds me of a Greek amphora without the handles.
    I believe Maple is one of the fastest spalting woods there is. Lookin' fine.
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    Steve, I love the shape. The wood is pretty awesome also.

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    That is absolutely beautiful, Steve. Thanks for sharing!
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    become so uncommon?

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    Bravo. Great work, Steve. The form looks perfect from here.
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    beautiful piece and the wood can't get much better ether.
    Steve

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    Steve, that's a very good looking vase. The spalting is really nice on it. That's a great form as well.

    Tom
    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

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    You told me you had a vase you had to finish, WOW, just perfect. Love the wood. Nailed it!
    Randy,

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