Dad showed me the first bowl that came from the Pecan, and I was shocked. It was spalted. For those who don't know, spalted wood happens when a tree gets a certain type of fungus in it, and it leaves various patterns in the grain. The colors can range from gray, brown, black, dark green, and dark red. No two patterns are the same.
It's kind of funny. If you have a tree fall down or cut down, it is easy for the fungus to get in it after the tree dies. So the longer you leave it there, the more spalting you will have. However, the longer it sits there, the more rotting you have, and the more bugs that will get into it, and will put holes in the wood. So it's kind of a tricky balance.
So here I am in a weird predicament. I started Project 4, so I have a guitar project that will keep me busy for a while. I wanted to do an archtop project after that. My predicament is that I have this great (really expensive) spalted wood that would make a beautiful guitar top, but I don't think I can use it for a few years.
So I'll see what I can do as far as organizing, creating, and getting my act together regarding my lumber and projects.