Amazing Grain,I just Love that Maple Tree

Discussion in 'Brush Making and Restorations' started by Graydog, May 30, 2019.

  1. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    I just grab a small chunk out of a pile this morning and found this, not sure if I will keep the shape 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190530125033409.jpg 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190530125114924.jpg
  2. rockviper

    rockviper Moderator Emeritus

    VERY nice, Steve!
  3. Outstanding!
  4. Love the look of the wood. The smooth shape highlights it.

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  5. naughtilus

    naughtilus Contributor

    Purdy. Almost looks like granite.
  6. Another beautiful brush. I wouldn't change the shape much at all if any, it looks good the way it is. Maybe a very subtle refinement of the shape at most. What did you put on it for the photo?
  7. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    I used two coats of med CA and then sanded it smooth,then a coat of laquer sealer . The med CA was used to penetrate and fill the pours
    I used the laquer because I used the quick set spray and I don't want it to influence the additional coats of CA, l always have issues when I use the accelerator spray. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20190530125204567.jpg 00000IMG_00000_BURST20190530125122584_COVER.jpg
  8. That is pretty amazing looking wood. And the shape is simple but elegant.
  9. Beautiful. Is that from the tree that fell one night?
  10. Rudy Vey

    Rudy Vey Vendor Contributor

    Nice spalting!!
  11. Nice!
  12. Wow. It looks like Saturn! Love it.

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  13. ajkel64

    ajkel64 Ambassador

    Beautiful grain, lovely shape to.
  14. Gorgeous brush. You make amazing handles.
  15. is that box elder? got some reds/pinks in it
  16. It's from a large maple that fell in his yard.
    The coloration could be from Ambrosia.
    The info below is from Lewis Lumber Products.

    The appearance is actually caused by Ambrosia beetle that carries a fungus on its legs that causes the discoloration. The holes are due to the beetle boring through the living wood.
  17. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    That actual section of wood is from a huge limb that use to offer shade over my deck.
    That piece is near what use to be a crotch
    Where another big branch came out and it was trimmed off 20+ years ago and created a hollow that squrriels lived in for awhile.

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  18. Wow. That is a great piece of wood. How many handles do you think you can get from it.
    It would be interesting to fill the big void with semi clear resin for hybrid blanks.
  19. Gotcha. Was just curious because iirc box elder is in the maple family
  20. Graydog

    Graydog Contributor

    There's probably a good 10 handles in that

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