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    Hi Guys,
    Had to drop a couple of monkey apple trees(Syzeum Smitii ) which is of the Mertyle group. These are considered weeds as they have prolific seed that pops up all over the place not unlike some types of flowering cherry.

    Having dropped them I noticed the wood was quite unusual. When freshly cut it has a wax sheen to it and when the surface of the cut dries it goes a real rich golden yellow almost orange. It also looked to be very tight grained.

    Salvaged what I could and noted some nice grain pattern in the stump of the one that was dying. Saved what I could and painted the ends praying that it doesn't crack all over the place.

    Could see one offcut had a small crack that developed overnight so thought I would try to do something with it. Roughed it out with a gouge and was looking ok till I cracked the end out of it.

    Wasn't overly upset about it as I suspected that might happen. The wood was hard and like walnut to work. I like the grain so cut a section out and will attempt to cut a piece of different wood into it for a bit of contrast when it has dried out a bit in six months or so. If that goes ok I can reshape it and finish it off.

    Photos attached for your information.
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    Last edited by Glenn Jennings; 03-25-2021, 12:51 AM.

  • #2
    Looks to me like the signature appearance from fungus rot "spalting."
    Certainly attractive when you can design a form to showcase the colors.
    Brian T


    • #3
      Nice lot of spalting, turners love that.


      • #4
        Yep, nice spalting and great looking, Glenn. We have Myrtle on the Oregon coast and it is beautiful wood and many things are carved from it, from small gift items to large chain saw carvings. Not sure how close it is with monkey apple wood, since never heard of it before. Never saw it spalted.
        Living among knives and fire.


        • #5
          Thanks for sharing, but think I'll stick with basswood, , Truly an interesting grain pattern, as Daven says, I bet it would turn with some interesting patterns
          . . .JoeB


          • #6
            Hi guys dead right about the spalting. This was the worst of the spalted samples of wood. Some of it is drop dead gorgeous, Will be a year or two before I can work with it. Have sealed it all for slow drying. Can't wait to have a crack at the good stuff.