Spalted Maple Bowl

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Project by Silverback posted 07-09-2009 03:43 PM 1281 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a spalted maple bowl I turned using ‘found’ wood from my nieghbor’s red maple tree. The tree died several years ago and he finaly finished cutting it down in the spring. The wood checked pretty quickly, but I was able to save some usable pieces. It is about 11.5 X 6 inches and is finished with walnut oil & wax.
Any comments are always welcome.

-- Started with nothing, got most of it left.

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#1 posted 07-09-2009 03:50 PM

Very nice bowl

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#2 posted 07-09-2009 03:52 PM

That is some gorgeous wood!!

I like the proportions. How did you finish the bottom?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-09-2009 03:54 PM

very nice, did you use wax and steel wool?

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#4 posted 07-09-2009 04:07 PM

I have a 11.5’ diameter piece of flat 2X with cork glued to it fastened on a 3’ face plate permanenetly. When I’m finished with bowlsI flip them and use a live center to hold it in place and turn off as much of the dovetail tenon as I can, and then remove the rest with a chisel unitil the bottom is just a small flat ridge. Don’t know if that’s kosher or not but it works form me.

I’ve never used steel wool to apply wax, but I think I will next bowl. It sounds like a good idea, I just never thought of it yet.
Thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Started with nothing, got most of it left.

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 04:22 PM

Thanks for the info, I have only heard of that steel wool technique, might investigate it before using. great work and have a good day.

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 04:30 PM

Very nice looking turning, be mindful of the harmful effects of spalted wood and use a resperator.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 08:20 PM

The nature gave you a dutiful piece and you with your decision what to do with it, how to do it, what to take out and what to keep in the project, added to the nature some more significant levels of gorgeous. This is a Festivity to my eyes and heart.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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