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  • Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

    Revisiting a post I made some time ago, I have been trying over the last 5 trips to the mill how to pick out curly maple when it's rough cut. I think I have it nailed down!

    It turns out (I think) that it is fairly easy. Please note in photo number 1 that the board is striated both on it's edge and along the flat....this is a dead giveaway. I needed a flashlight to see this inside the dark mill barn. This brand will yield a high detail curl....also, every curly board I have purchased has a moderately darker color than the plain maple.

    This was my second sucessful attempt at finding the curly stuff on purpose. I had to go through 5 or more boards that I normally would have selected to find it, but I will be going back this weekend to get another load for one more attempt.

    BTW....If I didn't use the flash in these pics, you would not be able to see the striations, so bring a Mag light to the mill.....
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    “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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    Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

    Beautiful piece of curly maple you found there Zenophus


    Maple is one of my favorite woods from plain to curly from birdseye to spalted (most favorite of all). It's hard, dense, stable... holds a variety of finishes really well.


    Have you ever heard of a guy named James Krenov?
    You should check out some of his work if you get the chance
    He uses a lot of maple.

    http://jameskrenov.com/default.htm

    http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki...James%20Krenov

    Cheers!
    Cheers! - Jim
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    All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Schopenhauer

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    • #3
      Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

      Beautiful example of curly maple, Zenophus! The mill where I get mine must be a little better lit in their storage barn...I can usually spot the striations on the edges fairly easily. Although, from now on I'll be bringing my flashlight along!!

      Thank you for th elink to James Krenov, jbergstrom. He really does some beautiful projects. Some day....maybe I can do that!! I've got one more piece of the spalted maple, and a few more curly maple boards. Hopefully I'll find a project worthy of them soon.
      I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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        Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

        Sandy: Don't know where in VA you live, but if you are interested in making a Maloof-style chair or rocker, you may want to contact John Richards in Hickory, NC. He teaches classes on making them. His website is: http://jsrwoodworking.com/
        More pictures of his work can be found in the photo galleries at: http://ncwoodworker.net/. Look for the gallery for WoodGuy.He does some phenomenal work. While at the ncwoodworker site, browse a bit. A lot of knowledgeable and friendly folks there.

        Just info if you are interested.

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        • #5
          Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

          Wow....this is like Porn for me.....the piece of maple I showed rough is now planed and ready for use.

          I'm sorry.....I'm just weird!

          As Goldmember might say....."I Love Woooooooood"
          Z
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          • #6
            Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

            Beautiful wood. Hard to believe you found that without paying an outrageous price. The millers around here know all to well what it looks like, so you pay for it!! Great find and gorgeous wood.

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            • #7
              Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

              Hi VASandy,

              I know this must be a stupid question, but what is "Spalted" maple? I have never seen this!

              Thanks in advance.

              Z
              “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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                Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

                "spalted" wood is wood which has dark streaks in it caused by bugs or mold that has gotten into a crack or weakened section sometime in the tree's life. Sometimes it is caused by mineral uptake. It can result in very figured and unique wood. I have some spalted dogwood in which the wood turned a bright purple from some damage to the tree when it was young. Impossible to know its there until the wood is cut, so its a one-of-a-kind look. Wood from most commercial mills is catch as catch can, but I know at least one sawyer here that will check the cut and if he finds it, will rotate the log to get the best possible appearance from it. He's just south of the NC/VA border, too!!

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                  Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

                  Generally, spalting will show up darker and a really crazy pattern. I'll try and get some pics of the board I have. It's temendously figured. It's also the reason I had to get a drum sander. I can't even take the chance of chipping this last piece in the planer.
                  I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Finding Curly Maple in the Rough

                    This piece of maple is very "spalted"

                    Sometimes it isn't as pronounced.

                    Cheers!
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