There's Spalted Wood on that thar Bank!

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 08-07-2015 01:19 AM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

[EDIT] I mistakenly used the word burl when I meant spalted. I’ve since corrected the rest of this post.

During the last few days I’ve been pruning a few trees that grow close to our house. This led me to ask about a certain tree. I’ve since discovered that the wood that I thought might be pear is actually elm. This is all good. I’ve cut a few of the larger pieces of my prunings to use when the day comes that I play with wood turning again.

More importantly is that I learned where spalted wood comes from. And the wood that I used to make the beautiful box a while back is spalted elm that I cut from a small log sitting on the bank on the side of my house. It must have been there several years because that’s when I felled the small tree from which it came.

So I went out and pulled the rest of the log off the bank today and cut it into lengths about a foot long. It’s only about 3 inches in diameter, so not good for anything big. It would no doubt work for small turnings, but I have an idea. If I slice them and plane them I should be able to make a few photo frames to give as gifts. I have the glass panes from 6 frames we threw out last year.

The pictures below show one branch section, unplaned, but with the outer edge cut offs cleaned up on my TS to reveal some spalted wood. This is spalted elm. Fun.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 08-07-2015 10:51 AM

Spalted elm is beautiful wood, Dave, and yours is no exception! Gonna be some really nice frames.

-- God bless, Candy

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