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Old 12-04-2017, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Bethlehem olive wood question

I bought certified Bethlehem olive wood at the Georgia symposium in September. I was cutting it into Slimline size blanks and noticed something unusual, to me, in the wood. There are spots of light colored wood. Any idea what it is? Hopefully, it won't affect the final turned blank. Thanks.
Edit: I pressed on the spots with a #2 pencil and they aren't soft as I thought they might be.
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First glance looks like the dross (bug poop) left behind by wood boring insects. Same at both ends? Any pop out along the blank?
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If it was the mesquite I get near Tucson, it would be frass. the leavings of boring larvae in the tubes they carve out. There is no scale, and those could be quite large. Mesquite bore holes get to 1/2 inch or so.

If frass -- two choices -- soak in very thin CA glue to hold in place or dig it out and fill with tinted epoxy.

Much of the olive from that part of the world is tree trimmings so it could just be early decay too.
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I'll turn them and see what I get. Just disappointed in the quality of the olive wood. If push comes to shove, I'll turn off the wood and glue to salvage the tube for other projects.
I'm surprised at the symmetry of the spots- perfectly round. The blank is covered in wax so it's hard to tell. It looks like the spots follow the grain.
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I agree unusual quality fail in this timber. In aussie burl it would be deteriorated timber and I give it the boot. So much better to deal with Bethlehem direct on the for sale (this forum) where you get by description and pictures IMHO.

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Thanks, Peter. G'day!
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Looks like micro aliens made some crop circles!

Actually looks like some decay spalting (or worm bore) but I have not seen that on BOW.
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Wood is a natural product what you get is often a surprise. I wouldn't call it bad quality, just what it is.
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Actually looks like some decay spalting (or worm bore) but I have not seen that on BOW.
Just my luck to get the first one.
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"Dross" and "Frass"

I learned two new words, that I hope are never used to describe me.

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