The finishing was sanding to 400, Chestnut finishing oil, 3 coats (which soaked right in) dried for a day then buffed with the two abrasive compounds and finished with a liberon wax stick and the soft buffing wheel/dome.
What a lovely bowl ,a really great piece of turning and finishing .Well worth waiting for !!! =D> =D>
You picked a beautiful piece of wood and enhanced all the more with your skills .
Well done look forward to many more pictures of your work .
Thanks Chas, The wood was a couple of logs from a tree we felled last year for my Dad, they were stacked on top of each other in a shed rather than outside, I was a bit surprised that any spalting had happened as I assumed it would need a fair bit of damp, I guess the stacking must have held in the moisture long enough to allow it without overly staining it, a handy way of inducing a better quality of marking if that is how it occurred maybe?
Yes the fungi inducing the spalting seem to be happy enough living on the sugars and natural moisture in the wood without excessive damp.
In fact I have had Beech spalt that was in slabs intended for chopping boards and perfectly clean when stacked and I was convinced it had not been subjected to undue exposure to Spalted wood or conditions.