Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
Finish for spalted Maple

Bob Persing
>Hi,
I have just turned a bowl from a piece of "road kill" ie. wood found lying along the side of the road. It had some unusual coloring and streaking from the bugs and fungus. It is usually refered to as "spalted Maple". After a bit of a battle (I'm a low experienced turner) I crafted my bowl and proceeded to finish it with several appications of pure Tung Oil. The oil just keeps soaking in, especially in the soft (sorta rotted??) spots. I switched over to using Watco's Danish Oil Finish but the soft spots keep drinking up the oil. I apply a new coat of oil about every day for the past 4 or 5 days.
The "look" of the finish is quite blotchy in sheen because of the soft spots.

Outside of putting on a heavy film finish, please offer some suggestions so I can get a more uniform looking finish.

Thanks.

BobP

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