Spalted Maple Chalice

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Project by Xyloid_Curt posted 01-08-2015 10:30 PM 2158 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This classically shaped chalice is made from a maple tree downed by a lightning strike in Daytona Beach, FL. The wood was heavily spalted, insect ridden and in certain places, beautiful.
This bowl was the third attempt to produce this shape from the maple logs. The first two had too many issues with spalting, knots and insect damage. The third time was the charm in this case.
The chalice measures 7 inches wide by 7 inches high and is finished with satin lacquer.
This chalice is a thank you gift to the property owner for the maple logs she donated.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 04:14 AM

That’s beautiful. It turned out well. Good idea to take care of those who donate logs.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 11:58 AM

Great job!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 01:12 PM

That is very cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 01:31 PM

I love turning wood, it’s like opening a present on xmas, just don’t know whats inside. I do the same thing when getting wood from people, no money involved, just a one of a kind turning. I think they appreciate it more than a few bucks. Great job on a difficult piece to turn.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 04:53 PM

Lovely piece.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 06:16 PM

my my that’s fabulous. You do nice work.

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#7 posted 01-09-2015 07:02 PM

NICE! love that wood.


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#8 posted 01-09-2015 08:12 PM

Great job! I have heard that lightning struck wood was almost useless, I guess the heat of the lightning causes rapid extreme drying which makes the wood very brittle for woodworking, and causes it to burn to fast for use as firewood so it is usually just thrown away or chopped into mulch. Glad you found a use for it. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 04:05 PM

Thank you all for your comments. Isn’t it great to expose the hidden beauty inside trees!

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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