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Forum topic by Greg posted 05-30-2019 06:03 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2019 06:03 PM

Anyone happen to know what the spalted white wood is in this photo? I have no idea where I got it. I’m thinking it might be spalted Tamarind but the black dots are throwing me off. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-31-2019 08:00 AM

Terrible picture, but I am thinking there may be a patch of spalt central, and bigger patch right upper, but most of the smaller black marks are probably either bark inclusion, or some form of sap pockets. To touch them, are they depressed, or pretty much level with the white wood? A bark inclusion usually can be felt as a depression in the wood. Often gum, and pitch streaks or pockets will feel flush to the surface.

A veritable who's who of wood defects, character, and beauty It shows Gum streak, but only mentions bark inclusion.

Bark inclusion, literally means that bark is included into a joint. You will see this on forks, splits and places where a tree goes off in another direction close to the initial. On the standing tree it is a weakness, it doesn’t offer a tree to tree mating, instead the tree is growing with bark attempting to hold it together from the inside. As lumber it will show as the wood, and instilled into it is the bark. Because they don’t grow as strong is more evident here, and if it is really covered with bark, sometimes it is to the point of the lumber feeling, and acting punky. Except they are usually dry, where punky if wet from rot.

This guy explains it from the tree point of view. From something that really isn’t that rare in lumber, it’s a tough Google for lumber

I have mostly seen this on White Oak, they can grow together for quite a long length. I’ve seen boards that were 12’ long, and 12” wide that were ghostly looking with bark pockets. On the bigger ones they tend to have much that is just open holes. Wood looks like swiss cheese.

So if that board is stable, and not punky, that is a sweet stick of lumber, and would make a very nice box, or other small project.

Being it’s a white wood, and bark inclusion tends to darken wood. I’d say that is likely Maple. It’s a tough call though, because there isn’t a real grain pattern. It is possible the part I called spalt, is all bark inclusion. If you have a flitch cut log, with all the pieces it is very easy to see.

A link, and the last pic of the second group down shows some bark included Maple

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#2 posted 05-31-2019 03:02 PM

May have to confirm with Fridge, but maybe Spalted Alder?

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