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 Creating Spalted Wood & Hollow Form Wood Turning

This page is made up of Hand turned and carved ornamental hollow forms made up of various sustainable woods from around the world. It also describes the experiences creating spalted wood.

The following are experiences of individuals who created spalted wood. The experiences of Todd, Rob, and Ron are documented in an article, Buried Treasure:

Learn How Three American Turners Create Their Own Spalted Wood, and Then Firm It Up For Turning, posted at www.woodturningplus.com/buried_treasure.htm. The article, written by Ron Hampton, was originally published in Woodturning magazine (Issue No. 73). A live tree is cut into rounds that are 5 to 6 inches longer than the diameter. The rounds are stood on end in a fungus-strewn area in the shade; the wood is wet and is covered with wood shavings. Within a year or so, spalting occurs

Todd has created many beautiful spalted pieces by burying rough-turned green wood in moist sawdust for about 6 months. (In humid climates, the burial time would be much shorter.) The sawdust often stains the wood in a desirable way, while the fungus is creating other decorative marks. In addition, mushrooms and roots grow and leave root trails and irregularities in the wood.

Rob makes a spalting sauce by mixing a can of beer, 1-1/2 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 cup of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer (mixed double strength), and oak leaves mixed with grass clippings. He chops the ingredients in a food processor to create a paste like mixture, then covers the surface of a rough-turned vessel with the mixture. He places the turning in a plastic bag, and leaves the bag in a warm place for several weeks. When he is satisfied with the spalting, he finishes turning the vessel.

Ron put a large piece of walnut in a plastic bag and forgot about it for 6 months, while he built his wood shop. Taking a rest one day, he opened his garbage sack and found a well-spalted piece of walnut. He felt as though he had discovered a magical treasure, having put a £50 piece of wood in the plastic bag and pulling out a piece worth £1,000.

Caution

Although the white rot fungi responsible for the decorative appearance are not pathogenic (a health problem), there might be some moulds associated with the spalting process that could cause allergies in people. It is also possible that some pathogenic moulds, such as Aspergillus fumigatus (responsible for .farmers lung.), might be present, so it is always a good idea to work in well-ventilated areas.

The various woods used in turning the hollow forms on this page are: Ebony, Sycamore, Spalted Sycamore and Cocobolo.

Note: You can view a bigger version of the wood turned items by placing your mouse curser on the image and click. A new window will open with the larger image. When finished viewing, just close the window and come back here to view the others.

Colour and markings may differ in appearance slightly in your finished turning from the one's shown in the photo's depending on wood used at the time they are turned. Each item is handcrafted individually, so slight variances should be expected especially if ordering more than one item. The sizes listed are approximate. They may be a couple of millimetres taller, longer, wider or little shorter, etc.

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 WTH1 £20.00

Hollow Form WTH1

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WTH2 £15.00

Hollow Form WTH2 
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 WTH3 £16.00

Hollow Form
 WTH3
A very nice long slim-line ornamental hollow form hand turned and carved in Ash, with a Cocobolo foot and frill cap and finished with an Ebony finial

Measures approx 29cm x 11cm
A smaller shaped ornamental hollow form, hand turned and carved in Ash, a curved square cap and foot Cocobolo and finished with an Ebony finial
 
Measures approx 18cm x 9cm
Another very nice shaped ornamental hollow form hand turned and carved in Spalted Oak, with a Cocobolo foot, Laburnum scalloped cap and finished with an Ebony finial 

Measures approx
19cm x 9cm

Woodturned Hollow Form

  WTH4 £20.00

Hollow Form
 WTH4


Turned Hollow Form


WTH5 £16.50

Hollow Form WTH5

Woodturned Hollow Form Vase 


  WTH6 £10.50

Hollow Form WTH6
An unusually slim-line shaped ornamental hollow form hand turned and carved in Ash, with a Bubinga frilled cap and foot and  finished with an Olive wood finial

Measures approx 27cm x 9cm
  A very nice shaped ornamental hollow form with the Cocobolo top following the curve of the Ash body. Hand turned and carved in Ash, Cocobolo and finished with an Ebony finial

Measures approx 18cm x 9cm
Another smaller shaped ornamental hollow form this time turned and carved in Cocobolo body, Walnut square cap and finished with an Ebony finial and foot


Measures approx
13cm x 5cm

Hand Turned Hollow Form

  SOLD WTH7 £12.50

Hollow Form WTH7
Hand Crafted Hollow Form

 WTH8 £18.50

Hollow Form
WTH8
Handturned Hollow Form Vase
 

 WTH9 £19.00

Hollow Form
WTH9
Another ornamental hollow form hand turned and carved in Sycamore, a Cocobolo foot and square coved cap, finished with an Ebony finial

Measures approx   20cm x 12cm
Another very nice shaped ornamental hollow form hand turned and carved in Sycamore, with a Rosewood foot and scalloped cap,  finished with an Ebony finial 


 Measures approx 26cm x 15cm
A larger shaped ornamental hollow form hand turned in Filled textured Sycamore, with a Cocobolo foot and collar, finished with six tiny ebony turnings around the top of the main body and  a Large Ebony finial 
 
Measures approx
27cm x 16cm

Ornamental Lidded Hollow Form woodturning, woodturnings, turning, turnings, turnery, turner, turners, woodturner, woodturners, lathe, lathes, wood, woodwork, woodworking, workshop, workshops, creative, creativity, trees

 WTH10 £18.00

Hollow Form WTH10
Spiral Topped Ornamental Hollow Form woodturning, woodturnings, turning, turnings, turnery, turner, turners, woodturner, woodturners, lathe, lathes, wood, woodwork, woodworking, workshop, workshops, creative, creativity, trees

WTH11  £12.00

Hollow Form WTH11  woodturning, woodturnings, turning, turnings, turnery, turner, turners, woodturner, woodturners, lathe, lathes, wood, woodwork, woodworking, workshop, workshops, creative, creativity, trees

 WTH12 £15.00

Hollow Form
 WTH12
A nicely shaped ornamental hollow form with a Spalted Maple body, Ebony collar, topped with a  turned Ebony insert stopper

Measures approx 17cm x 11cm
A not so elegant ornamental hollow form with the Bubinga collar and foot, topped with a  turned and carved Bubinga spiral twist and Ebony  inset finial
 
Measures approx 19cm x 9cm
A nicely shaped ornamental hollow form with a Sycamore body, Ebony collar, topped with a  turned Ebony insert stopper 

Measures approx
18cm x 9cm


Hollow Form with Finial

 SOLD  WTH13 £28.00

Hollow Form
 WTH13
Ornamental Hollow Form

  SOLD WTH14  £75.50

Hollow Form WTH14
woodturned Hollow Form 

WTH15 £12.50

Hollow Form WTH15
An unusually  shaped ornamental hollow form hand turned in Cocobolo finished with an Ebony insert collar and an Ebony insert finial

Measures approx 17cm x14cm
  A very elegant shaped ornamental hollow form with the Cocobolo collar and foot, topped with a  turned and carved Cocobolo spiral twist and inset finial

Measures approx 18cm x 9cm
Another smaller bottle shaped ornamental hollow form with a  turned Ash body, Ebony cap and finished with an small Olive wood finial


Measures approx
13cm x 5cm
wood turned Hollow Form box

  SOLD  WTH16  £35.50

Hollow Form WTH16 woodturned Ornamental Hollow Form

    SOLD WTH17 £35.50

Hollow Form
WTH17
Oak Turned Hollow Form

  SOLD WTH18 £20.00

Hollow Form
WTH18
Another very elegantly shaped ornamental hollow form with a Anjan body, Ebony collar, topped with a  turned and carved Ebony spiral twist and inset finial

Measures approx   16cm x 12cm
Another very elegantly shaped ornamental hollow form with a Cocobolo body, Ebony collar, topped with a  turned and carved Cocobolo spiral twist and inset finial

 Measures approx 16cm x 12cm
A bulb shaped ornamental hollow form with a Oak body, Bubinga collar, topped with a  turned Oak insert finial
 
Measures approx
13cm x 10cm

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