Wood Gloat #20: Spalted Walnut

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Blog entry by degoose posted 05-13-2012 08:53 PM 3559 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have never heard of, let alone seen spalted walnut..

That is until some boards stored incorrectly got wet and started to grow fungus…

The boards in this photo do not have spalting.

Or very little…then there are these..

This last pic is of a thicker board that was resawn on the bandsaw and bookmatched..

NB this is European Walnut..

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 09:03 PM


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#2 posted 05-13-2012 09:06 PM

another first

that split one sure looks good

should be some nice builds

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 09:19 PM

I read somewhere that you can create spalted wood by burying it for a time and just keep checking it to see when the spalting is just right. I am not sure if it can be done with all woods and the time frame for each wood must be different. I think I will give it a try with a variety of leftover pieces I have.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 09:38 PM

Great lumber for small projects Larry. I used to cut off about 2ft. long logs and stand them on end somewhere inconspicuous in the garden. The spalting process went very fast, a month or two if I remember correctly. It is easy to do here because of our very wet climate.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 10:39 PM

I’ve seen spalted light woods but never spalted walnut… live and learn!
Thanks, Larry.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 10:42 PM

I’ve seen a couple of small pieces. But these look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 10:52 PM

those will make some really nice projects larry, i wonder if i can get it to do the same here, i might have to experiment and see what happens, maybe i could get into the spalting business…hey, ya never know…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 11:25 PM

Hi Larry.

I wanna see these things with a nice finish on them. Should be outta sight! Great looking wood, buddy. Once again I envy you your private wood collection. I can see the future now: “Right this way, folks! Come visit the Lazy Larry wood museum!” :)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 11:27 PM

Certainly different looking.
Thanks Larry.

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 11:43 PM

Interesting development “down under”! I’m sure a project made of that wood will be unique.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 12:31 AM

That book matched pair is very interesting!!! Would make a nice pair of small door panels!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 01:21 AM

Larry, I can’t tell if the entire width spalted or just the sapwood/lighter portions??? But it is very distinctive and should make something beautiful.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 05-14-2012 01:23 AM

And now the question is …What are you going to build to surprise us with , Larry ? : )
Nice looking stuff .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-14-2012 01:30 AM

Wow. I’d never seen that either. Cutting boards? Jewelry box tops? That’s some lovely wood, Larry!


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#15 posted 05-14-2012 02:08 AM

Looks good. Should make some interesting pieces.

I think anytime wood spends too much time wet some spalting occurs. Have found it in a lot of dead standing trees that we cut.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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