I have a few logs that were cut 2 years ago from a White Oak tree that blew over. The logs have been sitting in the shop in the dry. This week I picked up a new band saw and this log was the first thing I cut up with it.
So will this be worth hanging onto or should I just toss it in the burn pile ??
Thanks for looking. Sorry about the crappy phone photos.
You bet it's good for something. That spalting looks fantastic. I'm thinking pen blanks or a vase… do you have a lathe? What are the dimensions? If you don't have a lathe, maybe you can slice it really thin to make some very nice veneers.
How thick are they? It might be a good idea to slice them into boards, stack and sticker them, put some weight on top to keep them from twisting, and let them dry out for a month or so. That wood can make some really nice boxes an other stuff. In the mean time if you can get hold of a lathe it would be best to practice on scrap wood before trying to turn those. They're too nice to practice on. I'd be real interested in seeing what you do with that wood.
I did a quick search of google images for "spalted white oak" and there's some pretty interesting stuff being done with it…
I have quite a bit of this tree, This is just a small limb, the tree at the base is over 5' thick. The tree is still in place and I have planes of getting some of it to a saw mill and have some large boards made up. Time will tell, just have to get it cut and loaded up. I will try to get some photos next time on the property.
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