A Candy Dish

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Project by brianinpa posted 04-21-2008 12:17 AM 1732 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At a previous job, I was often asked: “How are you doing?” I would often respond with: “Just another day in paradise.” In most cases it was a sarcastic response which helps to explain why it is a previous job. One of my co-workers, who held the same opinion as I did, went to a flea market and saw a large metal coffee cup with this saying painted on it and she bought it for me. I placed it on my desk and kept it filled with a wide assortment of candy. When I changed jobs, the cup went along to the new work-place for the same purpose, and people will often stop in the office for nothing more than to say Hi and to get a piece of candy: sugar is a great additive to any day at work.

After I purchased a lathe, I wanted to replace this coffee cup candy dish with something more appropriate for a lumberjock, but every time I made something, my wife would say something which led me to believe I would never see it again: I have made her two bowls to hold her paper clips. This “Candy Dish” is my third attempt, and I plan to keep this one for myself!

This piece of wood started life as a Japanese Maple tree that was cut down because it was dying and I wanted the fire wood. After it was cut down, the trunk was used for several years as a chopping block for splitting firewood. I have turned a few other small projects from this tree and knew there was a good grain pattern but I never would have guessed this piece of wood had a grain pattern that looked like this. So as not to hide the natural beauty of this piece, I finished it with only tongue oil. The best part of all is that there is a lot more wood where this piece came from.

The lathe used is a 1958 Wards Powr-Kraft; the turning chisels used is a set Disston gouges from the same era; and the tree was planted in the early 60’s. I am the youngest part of the equation. Thanks for looking.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 12:39 AM

Very Nice looking candy dish. I would get it to the office as soon as possible, because it does have a lot of character.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 01:10 AM

That is an awesome piece of wood, really nice job, you had better hide it quick.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 01:44 AM

That is a beautiful piece of wood and you created a nice turning from it. You need to put all of the wood you can get into your shop. I am sure that you can find a use for it. :)

Thanks for the post and the story behind it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-21-2008 02:45 AM

Very nice piece of spalted wood. The only fallout may be people will hang out longer now for their candy.

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

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#5 posted 04-21-2008 06:37 AM

That is beautiful wood. You have done it again.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 04-22-2008 12:25 AM

Trifern is correct this is spalted maple but the configurations are not grain patterns. They are the result of fungus that grows into the cambium and core wood when the wood is still wet. Maple is the most common wood to have this type of configurations . It can occur while the tree is still standing or after is cut and laying on the ground as long as it is kept wet. If the process is allowed to progress too far the wood begins to rot. (Once it is sealed there is no harm to the candy.) yes it is beautiful

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#7 posted 04-22-2008 02:13 AM

Thanks to all for your comments.

Dock, Thanks for the advise. This evening I was beginning to realize what you wrote even before I read it. I was turning another piece of wood that was lower on the stump, and it was cutting way too easy for a piece of maple.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 04-22-2008 04:36 AM

Beautiful turning I love maple, especially spalted maple. Beware of breathing the fungus from the spalting. It is a fungus and can affect your lungs and eyes. I know, a couple years ago I had a round of fungal infection from turning spalted wood. Took a trip to the eye Dr. and a bout of oral meds and eye drops and 2 weeks out of the shop. Just a warning. mike

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

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#9 posted 04-22-2008 05:09 AM


-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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