Mystery wood vessel

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This wood has a delicate pink spalting – but I picked up the log in a post-storm cleanup in Dallas, and I have no idea what species it is. Someone suggested jacaranda …

Any thoughts?

-- Miles

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#1 posted 05-06-2014 04:16 PM

It may be Chinaberry. There’s quite a few of them in the Dallas area. Just a thought. Nice turning tho.

-- Mesquiteman99

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 04:24 PM


It’s a great form. You did a good job on that curve and the shoulder. Very appealing!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 04:47 PM

Depending on the size, it looks really similar to plum. I’ve used plum in the past – it has a very sweet smell to it when cut and oxidizes a bit.

The turning looks great, btw!



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#4 posted 05-06-2014 08:31 PM

I was thinking some kind of fruit wood, too – it’s pretty hard, and it takes a good polish with just some furniture wax. I’m pretty sure it’s not chinaberry (though thanks for the suggestion, Mesquiteman!). I’ve turned some chinaberry before from logs I knew in their previous lives as a tree, and it was much softer and had a significantly different yellowish color.

Thanks for the positive feedback. This was one of my first hollow vessels!


-- Miles

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 10:27 PM


Love your vase! You did an outstanding job of letting the wood speak for itself.

The reddish marks have me mystified. If it is spalting, I’d like to find out how to intentionally bring something like that out of the wood. Those sections are incredible.

I’m guessing (swag) 50 years of growth. That eliminates a bunch of junk trees. It also dictates that the tree might be a native.

What native hardwoods do we have that are even close to that?
I don’t think you have a hunk of horse apple, although it’s my far away second guess.
My best guess is pecan. The grain and natural color are making me lean that way.

Miles, I couldn’t help myself. I had to find an image of a jacaranda tree. It has small, but not tiny, violet colored, trumpet shaped flowers growing in clusters. The leaves are tiny and grow in a pattern of small twigs like a mimosa tree.

Look it up in google images. I think I may have seen one or two of these trees in Houston but I can’t be sure. I don’t think I have ever seen one up this way.

I imagine that finding a hunk of jacaranda after a rain storm in the Dallas vicinity is a mathematical improbability.

BUT NOW – My eyes are open for the Jacaranda tree, especially in the wild.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 05-07-2014 03:30 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Miles! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 01:15 PM

Jacaranda will grow in Dallas, I understand, but only some varieties. It’s definitely not pecan—I’ve turned loads of that.

I saw a webinar with Sara Robinson, who’s the foremost expert in spalting—terrific. Look her up!

-- Miles

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#8 posted 05-07-2014 02:55 PM

Here’s here blog, northernspalting. Looks cool.

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 05:23 PM

It looks a lot like cherry to me, except for the pink spots. I’d also guess some sort of fruit tree – plum, etc.

Nice form.


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#10 posted 05-08-2014 04:11 PM

Thanks, GoBlu – that image at the top of Robinson’s site has that same pink spalting!

She said there are mainly two kinds of wood fungi – one that tends to spalt grey to black, and one that goes to pink, as i recall.

-- Miles

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#11 posted 05-09-2014 02:13 AM

+10 for the education.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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