Spalted Maple in Firewood pile

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Forum topic by drewpy posted 09-14-2014 12:51 AM 1407 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2014 12:51 AM

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Hi all,

I read somewhere that your firewood pile might be a place to find spalted maple. The curious person I am, I went digging. I noticed a black line on one piece and decided to open it up. Well guess what, it sure does have figure.

I really don’t know how I would mill this to workable wood because I don’t have the tools but would be interested to here how someone would attack it. Is there a certain method to or do you just cut somewhere to the size you want and what you get is what you get. I think I could get about 3 inches height out if it though.

Anyone else ever find spalted maple this way? Anyone have ideas I to what I could do with it. I was thinking of just finding a fellow woodworker to give it to. I wonder if there is more out in the pile!!!


Before – notice the black line.

First cut with handsaw –

Cross cut off first cut –

Sample piece –

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 12:59 AM

That looks like spalted maple to me. The black is a fungus, it gives an interesting look to the wood, but sometimes if left too long it can degrade the wood and it becomes very soft and hard to work with.

I found some spalted birch in the same manner as you, made some beautiful wood.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 02:22 AM

Thanks Dabcan – I edited the tile. I am not sure why I put curly maple.

This log seems very stable. Who knows what will happen to it in the morning. A cup of coffee and contemplation will surely lead to some sort of action.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 09:54 PM

I found several pieces in my firewood and made candle holders out of some of them—see my projects page.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 12:50 AM

Thanks Garry.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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