Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Spalted Sycamore

TomCollins
>Early this spring I cut up some sycamore into firewood size pieces. Some I left on the ground and covered with plastic burlap hoping it would spalt. The rest I stacked well off the ground and put plastic burlap across the top layer to shed water. Both stacks were in the shade. I was surprised today when I began to process them how nicely spalted the high and dry sycamore was. The stuff left on the ground was spalted too but not as nicely. Go figure!

I roughed out a bowl tonight from the spalted sycamore and wrapped it in newspaper to dry. Would I be better off soaking it in DNA and drying it more quickly to stop the spalting process. The sapwood is already pretty punky.

Thanks,
Tom

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