Spalted Pecan Vessel

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Project by Bearpie posted 03-03-2010 06:39 PM 2032 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spalted Pecan vessel
approximate size is 6”H x 9”D

Here is the finished bowl I posted earlier when it was still in process of being worked on. This piece was a joy to work on as every time I stopped the lathe to check on the work I saw new wonders revealed! If you look closely you will see several “grub worm” holes, which I left alone for “effect”. Oh yes they were in there when I turned this piece and got “hit” by a few of them! (Full face shields a blessing!)

My dear wife took this over to show her brother and sis in law and they said “Tell him that he just lost this piece”. I took it as a great compliment but have not decided what I am going to do with this piece yet. I do want to savor this for a while longer!

Since I have just started turning and have not sold any of my works yet, I am still trying to figure out how to price them. This particular one I am not inclined to let go cheap as it is exceptionally well marked but have no idea on any possible range of prices. Any suggestions?

Thank you for looking and I welcome any comments.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 06:49 PM

If I had made this one, I think it would go on a shelf in my house somewhere… NOT for sale!

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

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 07:04 PM

Amazing grain. What a wonderfull exploration…......

-- Dreaming patterns

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Wade Putnam

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 07:11 PM

Art in Wood!
Great work!

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 09:40 PM

I am guessing it has to be painful in your mind to to be turning a piece with such great spalting and to say to yourself that you have to go deeper and cut off all the beauty that you can see to get to the thing inside that block that makes up the actual piece you are trying to make.

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 10:26 PM

Nice !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 10:28 PM

That is some beautiful spalting in that Pecan, I know what you mean the pattern or the designs change at each miniscule layer, I unfortunately ran out of firewood in the middle of the night on the last cold spell so I just chainsawed some 12-16” rounds out of some nicely spalted logs and then stood them on end and trimmed the edges off on all 4 compass points but after seeing what was inside with my flashlight I went no further, I just used the bark edge cants to keep the fire going, so I have a bunch of really big blocks so to speak, I am going to keep them until I can afford a lathe, anyway I noticed your dimensions and will take note of that…anyway

Nice Work…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 03:35 AM

Very nice piece. Where did you get the pecan?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 05:08 AM

I picked up this pecan block from a firewood dealer just down the road from me. I asked if i could look around and found maybe 7 or 8 pieces that i thought were suitable. He did have more spalted pecan there but it was so big I was not able to pick it up. Maybe I’ll go back there and see if they still have it and if they will cut it down to size for me? Might be worth doing. I’ll talk to the DW and see what she says.

Thanks for your kind words!


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 03:24 PM


-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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