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Re: Cooking Pecan
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2015, 05:41:03 pm »
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What are the "different ideas" of spalted in the PNW?

I'd think "black line" would be a good bet for spalted.

Yeah, I pretty much think that's the best spalted gets, those super dark lines, almost as if someone drew them with a fine tipped ink pen...India ink black even.  When it is really special it almost looks like an antique map in a fantasy novel or something.

But then when I look on craigs list, or even websites advertising "spalted maple"  I often see staining or discoloration, but very little (often no) black line.

Makes me think maybe it's me who has the wrong word attached to the characteristics I call "spalted".  Or maybe it's a continuum, with the black line at a certain point in the process?  Heck if I know. But I know that black line is hard to come by, whatever it's called.

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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2015, 06:28:49 pm »
Jim
What are the "different ideas" of spalted in the PNW?

I'd think "black line" would be a good bet for spalted.
I agree that spalted can mean many different things but for me if it doesn't have the black lines it doesn't have much value.

 
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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2015, 07:30:36 pm »
I wouldn't let CL make too many definitions for me, as almost anything goes there.  ;D
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2015, 08:57:38 pm »
Nice, Raym.  That looks like the spalted big leaf maple we cherish out here.

You turn that by any chance?

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Re: Cooking Pecan
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2015, 10:01:29 pm »
I am aiming for the black line spalting with some color, too. 
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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2015, 06:08:21 am »
Nice, Raym.  That looks like the spalted big leaf maple we cherish out here.

You turn that by any chance?
Yes....funny story, my mom had two large silver maples thatwere taken down that we're in a utility easement and I had the contractor leave the butt logs (30") for me to harvest for turning stock. I brought the pieces home and walked around them for about a year before I gave up on time and was going to move them to the burn pile.
I made a cut with the chainsaw and realized what was inside. Needless to say I spent the next 2 days cutting and sealing wood. I ended up with more than a truck load of large turning blocks....beautifully spalted?
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« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2015, 09:23:06 am »
Ryan

You said "...beautifully spalted?".

For sure.  And beautifully used as well. Very nice.

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« Reply #27 on: July 20, 2016, 08:14:11 pm »
Well, I decided to saw the  smiley_devil today to see how the spalting has come along.  This is one coyote ugly pecan log.  Has been sitting since April of 2015, part of that time covered with planer shavings in the hope of getting it to spalt. 

 

 

Here is one of the first boards off the cant.  I am sawing this wood at 1 5/8" thick for table tops and coffee table tops and sofa table tops, etc.

 

 

Not too bad.  Some nice color, but not many black spalt lines. 

 

 

In the center of the log, believe it or not after 15 months, the wood looked too fresh for my taste.  I guess that I need to let these logs "cook" a bit longer  :).

 

 

Where is the spalt when you want/need it  ???

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Re: Cooking Pecan
« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2016, 09:27:53 pm »
On a log that you don't want it to be on.
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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2016, 07:09:34 am »
Exactly.  I believe that burying the logs in the planer shavings did not help the process like I anticipated that it would.  It may have actually impeded the process somehow.  Oh well, back to the  smiley_devil drawing board.
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« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2016, 11:41:05 pm »
Interesting result.  I would not have thought this. 
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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2016, 08:19:43 pm »
Danny...Arky used to roll his logs under the trees and spray a bottle of colt 45 over them and cover the logs up with brush, leaves weeds or whatever. once in a while he'd water them down if he thought they might be getting a little dry. He'd set them up in the spring and saw them in the fall and nearly every one was spalted to the center. I don't know if he did Pecan, but he did do alot of sycamore and hackberry.
   I picked up a large chunk of Hickory once at the log dump that had been buried underneath a small mountain of logs and debris for years. it was heavily spalted right to the center and 100% solid...so I know it can be done.

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« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2017, 09:11:45 pm »
Status update.  It has been two years since I began this spalting experiment.  A couple of months ago, I sawed all the remaining pecan logs that I had set aside to spalt two years ago.  When I sawed them, I concluded that I had waited too long and the wood was no good.  Still, I stickered the wood and let it air dry for a while and just finished kiln drying it.  Yesterday, I began to plane the wood because a customer wanted some for a rustic table.  It turned out better than I initially believed that it would.  Here are the boards that the customer picked out for the table.

 

 

Yesterday, another customer came by and saw me planing the wood and bought two bookmatched 9/4 slabs that were 5' long and 19" wide for a desk top.  Here is one of the slabs:

 

 

Another pic of one of the 5/4 boards:

 

 

I consider the experiment a success.  I am going to do OK with this  ;D.
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Re: Cooking Pecan
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2017, 11:18:42 pm »
Looks great.  Is the wood still solid?
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« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2017, 07:06:20 am »
Yes, much more so than I thought when I handled the boards off the mill.  After laying so long, there were more deep end checks than normal, plus, pecan is bad to end split anyway ( smiley_devil).
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« Reply #35 on: April 29, 2017, 03:13:11 pm »
Could it be that your planer shavings made the whole pile act as a compost heap and overheated the little buggers?