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Project by lacylanestudio posted 11-25-2012 03:13 PM 1923 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not completely finished, but not sure about these holes. Are these worm holes? Should I be concerned about these holes? I am expecting seasonings to be put in this bowl. I will seal with beeswax mineral oil. Not sure if I should worry since these will be gifts.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 03:19 PM

I’m no expert but that’s what it looks like to me. The wood is beautiful and I am sure they will make great gifts.

PS….how ‘bout them HOKIES !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 04:54 PM

looks like you’re using ambrosia maple, and those holes are where the adult ambrosia beetle exited the log. The presence of the beetle larvae are what gives the wood that great color, but… you do have trails to work around.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 05:54 PM

Jay, I’m a huge Pitt fan, and work for VT. I didn’t get to watch the game, I watched Pitt beat Rutgers. The hokies pulled it outlast minute. I’m not so sure they’ll make 10 wins next year.

As far as the wood, I cut it 3+ years ago, sealed it and stored it in my shed until using it now. I figured any creatures would be dead by now in the wood. Just wasn’t sure if this stuff is ok or not with having spices in them. This wood has been different piece by piece, nothing the same. Completely perplexing how it all came from the same tree, yet every piece looks completely different.

This tree was from a friends house, they thought it was maple also.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 09:32 PM

sometimes I’ll freeze wood for a day or more, to kill off anything in it. I’d expect those are fine, can fill it with some superglue and sawdust.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 11-25-2012 10:13 PM

The wood sat through very very cold winters in my shed. I went ahead and finished it anyway. It can be a spice bowl or whatever the gift receiver wants to make it.

Trying to make spoons for these bowls.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#6 posted 11-25-2012 10:20 PM

If you expect any critters in there, I’d microwave it for a minute or so. If you want to put spices in there, I’d do just what you said- beeswax and mineral oil!

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

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 02:14 AM

If I was using Ambrosia Maple and it didn’t have beetle holes, I would be disappointed! Just lots more character.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 02:50 PM

The only bug that will stay active in dry wood are powder post beetles. They will leave holes smaller than a pencil lead. Freezing will not kill their eggs, only internal wood temps above 130F for 5 hours will kill off eggs as well as bugs or larvae. I’m sure microwaving small pieces will kill them as well.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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