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Cutting some nice beech yesterday and today.

Site was rather inclined with no vehicle access.

Slabs and trunks slipping around

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Cutting went fine until...

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But the quality of the planks, gentle spalting and fantastic grain.

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Thats some clean looking Beech. Not a fan of it but that looks nice. 

I prefer clean beech to spalted personally. But spalted is what's popular.
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not spalted as such, its the heartwood staring to rot out,......at a rough guess the tree is around the 250-300 year mark, and used to be a beech hedge, get an awfull lot of that round here

 

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not spalted as such, its the heartwood staring to rot out,......at a rough guess the tree is around the 250-300 year mark, and used to be a beech hedge, get an awfull lot of that round here
 

I thought rot/fungus/spalted was all the same thing? Just discolouration?
Is there a difference?

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7 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:

Bit more today,
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Then onto the big crown piece.
Had to trim the sides to 1metre wide.

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That 2nd day stuff's really nice......even the defect looks perfect in design.......looks like it's already filled with alloy, cheers.

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spalting is normally the black fungal growth rings and lines that follow the slow decay caused by moisture inclusion on felled timber, it also occurs when the standing tree is staring to rot out, particularly noticeable on the lighter "white" timbers, but will occur on any species, if left too long the surrounding wood will turn mushy and soft, its a fine line between "spot on " and firewood...........the joy of when to mill that log.......lol

 

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