Spalted Beaver

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Project by AnonymousRequest posted 08-14-2014 11:44 PM 1756 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Carved with mallet & knives, with a little help from the local beaver, in spalted soft maple. Log is 39”L x 11” Dia.
Earlier this year I gathered quite a few stumps from Shaffer Island on The River. These were trees that the local beaver felled and were all dead standing stumps or on the ground. Pretty much all dead trees on the islands are going to be spalted because they’re underwater once, maybe twice a year. This was a test run to see how this wood carves and works. The beaver teeth marks are visible and where it worked it their are wine color streaks through the wood, which I personally thought was cool. As the stumps age the teeth marks become less crisp. This wood was a little different to carve. It had almost the texture of chalk in places. Other than that it was a lot of fun. I threw 2 pieces up in the shop loft to dry a bit a few months back. The moisture content of this one is still pretty high I would assume. I am going to leave it unfinished and store it inside for a year or so. It has a few cracks and if they move more, I’ll put a few bowties in to stabilize.

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