Monday, March 26, 2012

Spalted Maple

Can you guess what this is?
No? Here's another view.
Still no? OK, here you go-
My cousin sent this to me as a thank you for hosting our desert get-together. He's a professional woodworker, and since he made it himself, it has special meaning to me. Cool, eh? He signed it on the back.
What? Spalted??  According to Wikipedia, spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur under stressed tree conditions or even in living trees. Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are highly sought after by woodworkers.


Beautiful woodworking, don't you think? Thanks, cuz!! Linking to Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos. Check it out for great macro shots.

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous wood and nice bowl. What a very nice gift.

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  2. Hi there - that really is wood with a character.

    I once read (so it could be wrong!) that the Burr Walnut used to make the inlay on traditional gun stocks is more expensive weight for weight than gold! Seems people will pay a great deal for 'wood with character'!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  3. LOVE it! a work of art! and thanks for teaching me a new word today!

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  4. Beautiful work and I enjoyed learning what spalted means. :)

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  5. Nice bowl....love the new header picture.
    spalted...a new scrabble word

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  6. Handmade wooden bowls are a secret obsession of mine....(whoops, not anymore!)...This one is lovely.

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  7. That is a beautiful bowl. I have a handmade little box that is made of spalted wood.

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  8. That's really beautiful wood work. It looks like it has a perfect satin finish, and the pattern is amazing. Thanks for the explanation on what spalted means, I learned a new word there :-)

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  9. FaBULOUS --I'll show this one to Bill (former woodworker/shop teacher). It's a beauty.

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  10. Fantastic! What a great gift...

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