is it possible to spalt wood
the spalted wood i have seen is natural but looking at it it seems to just
be wood that has mold growing in and on it
guess there is really only one way to find out
but anyone tried it
Natural spalting is best, no way around it.
But years ago when I was doing a lot of wood turning a lot of us were "forc
e" spalting by rough turning a bowl, Christmas ornament, or just about anyt
hing else, and we put the objects into a tightly sealed trash bag covered w
ith all the green shavings.
Left it under my storage room for several months, and the molds and fungi w
ould do their work. Got some interesting stuff! For anyone that tries it,
soft woods work best. Take the molded stuff out of the trash bag and let i
t dry out slowly over a month or so then turn it.
On 3/20/2018 9:48 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Interesting that soft wood works best. The only wood I've seen spalt is
Maple. I've done a lot of spalted maple turnings from spalted maple
fire wood but really don't recall seeing other woods spalt? Not saying
you're wrong, just that it surprises me. I never forced the issue, just
used naturally spalted stuff. Does the other woods look anything like
spalted maple, or is maple a unique look?
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
Common oak fire wood "spalts". My dad used to have his oak tree limbs
trimmed and I cut them up for fire wood. Several years ago I was going
to use some of that wood for our smoker and decided to rip the logs with
my band saw. After seeing the insides of the logs I decided to cut
veneers instead of burning it. Click below to see the fronts of a
couple of jewelry chests I built about 10 years ago. The doors have
that spalted oak.
And details on the apron ends of a desk I built in 2007. Zoom in.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 8:48:24 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
In a way, forced spalting is natural. Uses the same process, fungi and/or mold. The difference is one placing the ingredients in place, rather than it naturally occurring.
Another example: Holiday pumpkins, left on a table top too long, often mold and discolor the table. Obviously, other produce will do the same.
I usually hose off the saw dust and dirt from freshly milled lumber. If it's not washed thoroughly, any remaining debris might mold, causing discoloration, even if it's stickered. The last pine I milled discolored this way.
One of the reasons lumber mills continuously spray water on their cache of logs is to help prevent spalting.
On Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1:37:48 PM UTC-5, dpb wrote:
Yep, prevent checking and ....
Keeping the wood wet makes for easier sawing, as opposed to sawing dry wood. Some fungi doesn't grow well in/on saturated wood. Powder post beetles avoid wet wood.... probably some other bugs, also, like the carpenter bee.
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