Spalt meets burl

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Project by MonteCristo posted 01-14-2013 04:15 AM 1445 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought this was a pretty cool piece of Big Leaf Maple, being part burl and part nicely spalted. 10.5” in diameter, 1.5” tall.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 06:43 AM

Just one word….WOW !!!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 07:00 AM

Cool looking piece of timber, nice job to match :)

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 09:00 AM

Good bowl, great wood. Hope I can find some of that.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 10:32 AM

Super fine work! Wonderful design, and as pretty as they come. If you don’t keep it for show and use, it’ll sell for big bucks.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 12:51 PM

That turning came out really nice, the contrast in wood created a great effect.

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 01:23 PM

Fine example of Yin Yang!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 02:00 PM

Great looking bowl. You never know what the results will look like from the outside.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 07:13 PM

Thanks for the comments. Spalted Big Leaf Maple is a bit of a trick to work with as it goes punky (mussy) if the spalt has gone too far. I’ve had a few duds when I tried to use pieces that were too far gone but ones like this are the reward for persisting. I still dream of getting a really big chunk that’s not too far gone . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 04:00 AM

That is a fantastic looking piece Monte!!!!!!!!!!
Where do you get this beautiful stuff I would like to know ?

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 04:55 AM

Hi Kiefer:

Glad you like it ! Next time maybe I’ll include a pix of all the chunks I started with. It’s a little like panning for gold – lots of gravel with the occasional gem . . .

Actually most of my spalted maple has come from one big sucker maple I took down for a friend a year or so ago. It was still standing but parts were well on their way to oblivion. It seems this can happen with this tree, especially at points where the water gets in (eg a broken limb). You almost have to see it to believe it. And then there are the carpenter ants, lot of them !!!

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 02:23 PM

Beautiful Dwight, I love the grain pattern and contrasting color…masterpiece I can’t wait to see your next project

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#12 posted 01-26-2013 03:36 AM

That is a stunning specimen. The color contrasts, grain and movement are really fantastic. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of nature with us. Great job showing it off.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 09:01 PM

Hi Dwight: I see you’ve been busy!! More than just cool … lovely for sure!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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