Turning Rotted Wood
The dregs of your woodpile can yield some beautiful results
Synopsis: The fungi that cause spalting will eventually lead to rotting if left unchecked. The condition of much of the wood Robert J. Lentz uses falls somewhere in between incipient and advanced decay. He starts his explanation with a word of caution about working around microscopic fungal spores and how to protect yourself. Then he talks about finding or making your own spalted wood. He advises turning the exterior slowly, because the wood will vibrate. He defines the rim of the piece he envisions and then turns the interior. He discusses drying the pieces fast or slowly and sanding it on the lathe. His polish of choice is mineral oil and clear wood finish.
Some people cringe at the thought of using rotted wood for anything, especially for turning. Not me. I like it because I can get some really interesting figure and color, and I’m making use of wood…