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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 03-17-2009 03:06 PM 1546 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This maple was at least 5’ in diameter when I came across the sections on the ground. I spun around and drove home to get my chainsaw, and loaded the truck twice before collapsing in exhaustion. I figured that the rounds weighed close to 800 pounds each, and they weren’t going anywhere. I was wrong. The next weekend, the entire stump had been cleared. I still have 200# or so of this wood, and I am slowly getting through what nature has provided.

This work represents a new venture for me. I am trying to focus on cutting techniques as part of the “making process”, to produce the best surface without sanding. I probably should have started with an easier wood, but then again, if I can make it work with this spalted maple, I can make it work with any wood. I do not plan to sand or finish it (maybe just an artists acrylic to protect the surface if I can keep the color exactly the same). The outer surface is cut with a skew to keep the softer parts intact and keep the harder parts from getting polluted with sanding dust.

Comments welcome.

-- Steven

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 03:25 PM

Beautiful stuff! I love spalted maple.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 04:02 PM

Love it when people of talent save trash and turn it into awe inspiring works of art. Fantastic find and save! Great job on those. Love it!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 04:24 PM

nice find, and even nicerly made (if thats a word…lol)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 04:38 PM

Amazing work and absolutely gorgeous pieces! I’d love to be able to see these in person. Add more pictures please!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Bill Akins

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 07:24 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! I have just started turning and was given some maple. You have inspired me.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 10:13 PM

Thanks for sharing, more pictures please.

-- R

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 02:23 AM


-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 03-18-2009 02:33 AM

Beautiful is right. I also like spalted Maple. Wish I could come across a find like that.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 04:01 AM

You have a fine eye for seeing beauty in what others see as a rotten stump

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 04:55 AM

Great looking forms and an outstanding use of stock, Steven. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 03-22-2009 04:17 AM

Fantastic grain structure and even better workmanship. i have a hard time understanding why this wood doesn’t shatter while turning, especially the pieces with the open holes (piece on the right).

Keep up the great work.

-- Bob A in NJ

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