Salvaged Spalted Beech Bowl #27

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-01-2010 04:34 PM 2067 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl I started a year ago and stopped when the center was way too spalted to hold together. I found more of the log and cut out the center of the bowl and added a more solid section and finished it last week. It is kind of striped but I think I’ll keep it for fruit or something. it is a salvaged bow rather than a salad bowl!
Finish is Deft semi gloss and Butchers wax.


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

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 04:42 PM

Man…that’s a great bowl….I gotta’ get a lathe and start turning stuff.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 04:47 PM

I’m with the Junkie. I’ve got to get a big lathe and be artistical! Jim, I love this bowl. I wish you lived closer to OK. I would hound you until you schooled me.


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 05:37 PM

A beautiful bowl! l What did you glue it with?

-- Jamsie

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 05:49 PM

Nice save Jim.
I keep cursing spalted wood but I keep going back for more punishment.
What is it about this stuff anyway?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 06:48 PM

I like, no, love spalted wood too. I think the attraction to spalted woods, for me at least, is that you cannot predict what you are going to get so it is like opening a present every time you turn a spalted piece! With non-spalted woods you can pretty much predict the finished piece and you “get no presents!” :-( I think there is a “Li’l Boy” in each of us who turns and we all secretly yearn for presents. By creating something unexpectedly striking we get our wish!

Good job on this Jim.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 06:58 PM

Very striking grain. Nice finish too.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 07:31 PM

Yeah, way to go, great patience

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 07:52 PM

Nice save. And a great looking bowl.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 08:12 PM

Jim, is that from the beech felled in Roger’s back yard? I’ve turned a few pieces from that wood, and kept having to deal with cracking. Any problems like that?

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 09:16 PM

Thanks for all the encouraging comments. I have two more spalted maple pieces roughed out today and they
are real punky on the top. I plan to get some of this stuff they use on rotted boats. I’ll find out about it tomorrow and coat these two pieces with it before I finish them to see if they will hold together..

Everett, that was the Beach from Roger’s tree. I did not see any cracking like you get from fruit wood, but it was just way too soft in the center and almost flew out of the lathe. I took it off and cut out about 5” from the center and put in 4” of good stuff.

Hi Jamsie, I glued the parts together with West System Epoxy. That penetrates the wood about 1/32”. It was too expensive to coat all the rotted wood so I cut it away. This boat rot preventer may let me keep more of it.

Bob #2, the thing I see about Spalted wood is that there is a unique pattern in every piece that cannot be reproduced any other way but from Mother Nature and she gives us these presents in the wood that we can share with others.

Keep the lathe spinning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 10:43 PM

hi great save brilliant idea to replace the soft wood it is better than throwing away the entire bowl must try that the next time i have a blank that is to soft in the center thanks for sharing i love the bowl great finish nice shape

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 11:08 PM

Very nice Bowl!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 11:45 PM

Beautiful bowl…. I have never turned Beech before, is it a soft wood anyway? You did a grand job salvaging this piece by cutting out the bad and gluing in a good piece. Great Job!!! Love it, I too love spalted wood!!

Thanks for sharing,
The SedcoKid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 12-02-2010 02:12 AM

Nice job on the spalted bowl. One thing you can do to stabilize spalted wood is to flood it with medium CA glue. I have done this with a few pieces with good results.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#15 posted 12-02-2010 02:42 AM

What a great idea, gotta remember that one, the end result is quite unique, nice shape & finish

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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