I have now completed
another piece of work using spalted maple. It is a large
candle sconce. Someone recently asked why anyone would use
spalted maple. I think he thought it was an inferior material.
I found an antique sconce
at an estate sale which was damaged beyond repair, and paid a dollar
for it. All I wanted was the brass. I disassembled it,
and managed to buff it out so that it looks like new on casual
I had a piece of wood that
was sent to me by Bob Beckwith more than a year ago that I have been
saving for just such a project. It is now my "candle".
One day my wife will find an appropriate candle, and I will change
it out for a real one.
Here is a picture of the sconce before it was
Next is a picture showing
the mirror and “candle”.
And finally a close up of
When I began this project
I had in mind to do a lot of carving on the maple, but when I got a
coat of finish on it, I decided that carving would be like gilding
the lily. The pretty spalting is enough and the piece has to
stand on it own.
the Old Millrat in Riverside, CA