How bout some Spalted Sweet Gum!

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Flatband, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Flatband

    Flatband New Member

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    I had a small log of Sweet Gum drying out in my shed since last September. I was marking out some frames on some Curly Maple and Osage when I saw it in the corner. Took the Sawzall out and roughed the log out and then cut boards( <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6"> on the table saw. Lot of figure on this Sweet Gum. In case you wnder what Sweet Gum is, these are the trees that drop thise God forsaken "Itchy" balls-the ones with the little spikes and the kind that are Ankle sprainers! This piece of log was starting to spalt when I put her in the corner a year ago. These boards will make some stunning slingshots with these wavy Spalt patterns. Very Cool! Flatband<br><br><a href="http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3924757" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://img6.glowfoto.com/images/2011/10/23-0938506450T.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><a href="http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3924756" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://img6.glowfoto.com/images/2011/10/23-0938445274T.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><br>
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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  3. Flatband

    Flatband New Member

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    Pretty cool Ryan huh? I love wood with wild grain patterns. You never know until you seal them what will show up. BTW, Spalting is the first or beginning stages of decay. Wait too long and the wood will be too weak to work-don't wait long enough and no wild grain patterns. We got lucky on the timing of these! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Flatband
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    You answered my questions without my even asking! It is cool man! I need to get a table saw me thinks...
     
  5. JoergS

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    Flatband, what do you do to stop the decaying process once you made a frame? Is the drying enough, or do you need to apply chemicals?
     
  6. Flatband

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    Hey Joerg, I just seal it with either Poly or Oil and hope for the best. I know some guys "stabilize" their wood pieces(especially knife guys)/I never learned how to do it-maybe I should! Flatband
     
  7. Flippinout

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    The decay stops or at least dramatically slows when the moisture is removed. I have plenty of spalted wood that has not changed in years of storage. I believe moisture is the key to spalting/controlled rotting or lack thereof.
     
  8. Brigl

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    For some reason I thought sweet gum was to soft and I have been passing up some big nice forks in the woods.<br><br>I have been looking for a species that supplies big natural forks that I can dry in the microwave. I am going to try a sweet gum this evening.