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Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby phillipsted » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:59 pm

I bought some spalted tamarind wood this week from my local hardwood dealer. Check out this interesting spalting when I re-sawed one of the boards! :cool:

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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby xceptnl » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:28 pm

That is quite unique
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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby phillipsted » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:03 pm

Thanks, Landon! My Brother gave me a small aser engraver for Christmas that works on wood and leather. I was hoping that the Spydie outline would be a bit heavier/darker so that it would stand out from the spalting on the wood, but it kind of blends in. Almost like a stealth logo...

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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby Peter1960 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:06 pm

Parasites are dangerous, I hope you have worn protective clothing ... :D
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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby Pinetreebbs » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:52 am

Interesting, I had never thought of Tamarind wood, I love the goo from Tamarind pods in drinks and as a food condiment. Is the wood pretty dense and has it been stabilized?
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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby phillipsted » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:25 pm

I've used spalted tamarind a few times and usually get it from a local hardwood vendor. I'm using it to build jewelry chests and other small items, so it isn't stabilized. It has a tendency to move a lot with humidity levels, so if you are going to use it on something like knife scales, it would be best to used stabilized wood.

As for the wood itself, it is fantastic! Dense, relatively fine grained, easy to work and takes a great finish. As with all spalted wood, you sometimes run across punky or soft areas where the rot has taken hold. But you can fix small spots with a bit of CA glue.

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Re: Interesting spalting in tamarind board

Postby Pinetreebbs » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:49 pm

phillipsted wrote:I've used spalted tamarind a few times and usually get it from a local hardwood vendor. I'm using it to build jewelry chests and other small items, so it isn't stabilized. It has a tendency to move a lot with humidity levels, so if you are going to use it on something like knife scales, it would be best to used stabilized wood.

As for the wood itself, it is fantastic! Dense, relatively fine grained, easy to work and takes a great finish. As with all spalted wood, you sometimes run across punky or soft areas where the rot has taken hold. But you can fix small spots with a bit of CA glue.

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Thank you for the information. I have one knife with a scale of pistachio wood and one with olive wood, now I need another one with tamarind wood, all things I enjoy.
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