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**ENDED **Spalted Sycamore and Walnut

Discussion in 'Wood For Sale' started by TurkeyHunter, May 13, 2018.

  1. TurkeyHunter

    TurkeyHunter Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    OK I am pretty new (read that as green as can be) to this. When my father-in-law passed away I got his ShopSmith. I always wanted to try turning and made a few cedar footballs and recently a few turkey calls (even called in a few birds this years with them). While roaming the woods I found a downed Walnut tree that the bark and white wood had been gone, but the dark wood is still good and solid. I cut it so I could haul it home. As I was coming out I saw a sycamore tree and cut the top out. When My buddy saw it he told me it was spalted. So anyway I did not want it to just rot so I cut a few pieces also. Later found they were too short for a mill. I went back and got the rest of the trunk and this time left it 109 to 111 inches long. I had it cut 4/4 and 5/4 thick. Width ranges from 7 to 10” wide. I also have the original small logs (sealed the ends with wood glue). I have no idea what these maybe worth, but I would like to sell some to fund a vacuum pot. The spalt is pretty dang awesome. The wood seems real dry. I can cut to length needed and buyer will pay actual shipping via UPS or your chosen method. I am known as Q2arrowhunter on ebay if you need to get that warm and fuzzy. Now for the photos.

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  2. TurkeyHunter

    TurkeyHunter Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Some more photos.

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    Found wood and salvaged wood is my favorite kind! Makes it so much sweeter when you make something from it.:cool:
     
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    @TurkeyHunter good looking stuff. I may get some spalted sycamore depending on price. That’s at the bottom.

    Speaking of pricing... I did a lot of flat work vs a lot of the people here doing turning. Seems boards don’t seem to sell as well here as blanks for turning. I think the turners want to see all sides of a piece and know what they’re getting. Not risk a live edge board having one good face and nothing cool behind the edges.

    May want to see if you can find blank-sized chunks you could cut out from these and post those individually. Risk being you may cut into a board and find nothing pretty. But if you do... There’s a sticky post somewhere on here about standard blank sizes 3”sq, 1 1/2”sq, and lengths etc). I can never remember which forum though always use Google to find it.

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    How much for a board foot of the spalted sycamore? Are you willing to pick through those boards and find ine or two quartersawn ones for me?
     
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    Price on the sycamore boards?
     
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    If someone wants pen blanks tell me what size and I can cut.
     
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    I want the largest boards you can fit into a large flat rate box
     
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    Ok I’ll get a box and measure it then find the widest boards and measure to stuff the bix then give you a price for you to say yea or nay. When we agree I will cut it to length to fit box.
     
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    I am willing to do whatever. I full disclosure I am still learning, But I can tell you that the wood is air dried and has some checking. I had the logs cut between 1” and 1-1/4” so I could use to make pot calls. The logs were cut from top down. I split the final take with my buddy. I have cut several blanks from a piece that was fairly narrow (near the top or bottom as the log was cut). The wood seemed solid except at the places where there was some checking.

    As for price I want to be fair. I saw pieces 49.5” x 1-3/4” x 9” offered for $55 plus shipping, some 49” x 9” x 1-1/16 offered for $50. Pen blanks of 7/8” x 7/8” x 6” at $12.95. So the price is all over.

    As far as spalting it is pretty consistent throughout and the photos are pretty representative of what it all looks like.

    Some background on the tree... My uncle had told me about a Walnut tree had had pushed over a few years ago along side of a creek. So when I was turkey hunting this year I ghosted along the bank glassing the fields while trying to find the tree. I came across the Sycamore leaning out in the field. It roots had been eroded away from the bank and it was leaning against the bank and extented into the pasture. Well I found the Walnut and when I went back to get it I had to go by the Sycamore. I cut a few small logs off so I could get around it. I threw these in my truck and went to the walnut. When my buddy saw the sycamore he told me it was spalted and would make some cool looking stuff. So I went back and got 3 logs and had them milled. I have no idea how long the tree was down, but it had to be for sometime. There is still about a 12 foot section of the base still leaning against the bank I will go back for. When I go get another nice walnut tree leaning against another and some Hackberry and Box Elder.

    So after all that I am thinking that I would offer Square (whatever the thickness of a board is) pen blanks 6” long at $4.00 each and planks at $10bf. I don’t believe the wood needs to be stabilized. I could take a video of the wood and tap it with a hammer or whatever to show hardness.

    If I am out of line let me know.
     
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    I did not forget. It has been raining and I did not want to uncover.
     
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    Alright Texas. I have this nice board it is 1.25" thick and 9-1/2 to 10" wide (closer to 10" on the end I would cut from. Looks like the large flat rate box is 12x12x5.5 inside. I can get 4 - 12" boards in the box and then then fit some cut offs in the void.

    There is one small spot about 2" (see photo). photos of actual piece
    A large flatrate box is $17.65 to ship. Using 12"x9.75x1.25 = 146.25 or roughly 1bf x 4 pieces = 4bf. Does $40 for the wood and $17.65 to ship ($57.65 total) sound fair?

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    Yes I can pick through for you.
     
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    More photos.

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    If Texasstate, Mike Bijon, or whoever else is in front of me doesn't take you up on the LFRB offer, I will. :hi:
     
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    I have enough I can make you a box. I can take a photo of the piece tomorow for you.
     
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    Sounds good. Thank you :thanx2:
     
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    I’ll take it
     
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    Ok my I will send you a PM with my PayPal info. Also I am known as Q2arrowhunter on Ebay if you want to see my 100% positive feedback
     
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