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    Default Mango - is this normal?

    G'day - I managed to pick up a few pieces of Mango on a recent trip to the coast and have finally got round to having a go at it.

    Started roughing the outside of this 19" piece, to find what appears to be some dark heartwood.
    Does mango have contrasting heartwood/sapwood (not from what I've seen before) or is this purely as a result of the spalting?
    Was pleasantly surprised to find this as I had expected it to be rather plain.

    The pictures/lighting doesn't really do it credit - looks much better in the real.

    Look forward to finishing it and getting some oil on it.
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    Aside from knowing nothing (nada, zero, blank) about mango, I'd expect heartwood of any species to have more even boundaries. Also, the pattern doesn't seem consistent with my perceived centre of the log. More likely spalting.

    Pictures look pretty good by themselves. I guess I had an optical delusion with the foot; first thought it had a big gap in the ring on one side - the crosswise streak is curious.

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    The pictures/lighting doesn't really do it credit - looks much better in the real.

    Look forward to finishing it and getting some oil on it.
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    Hmm seen a fair bit of mango, must be africa...dunno But it looks darn good heart wood or whatever. Most defintetly post the finished pics


    But Cliff is the best for the final verdict, I will defer to his knowledge and experience.

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    Great piece Andy. A real find.

    Only bit of mango I had was affected by a dark fungal stain and looked crappy.
    Cheers, Ern

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    Andy, that's comin' toward a beautiful turning! Scored some awesome timber, there. Don't know anything about Mango, either, but I'd think it's the spalting rather than heartwood.
    With Hughie on this'n... I'd like to see the finished piece.
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    it's definatly slaterd i hav a mango log about 4" accros and it is an even color right threw except for a bit of a colord ring about 2" in from the edge. but it looks briliant.

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    I've seen some mango with varying colours, but not like that. The only spalting that goes on in the mango I've used is just blue mould all over - yuk

    Looks like a darn nice piece Caveman
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughie View Post
    But Cliff is the best for the final verdict, I will defer to his knowledge and experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsser View Post
    Great piece Andy. A real find.

    Only bit of mango I had was affected by a dark fungal stain and looked crappy.
    I agree.
    Quote Originally Posted by dai sensei View Post
    I've seen some mango with varying colours, but not like that. The only spalting that goes on in the mango I've used is just blue mould all over - yuk

    Looks like a darn nice piece Caveman
    And again.

    I have messed around with a lot of mango & I hate the blotchy mould that it gets if you don't treat it the right way.
    I wash it heaps to get rid of the sap, then rough turn it & wash it again.
    I have also messed around with microwave & freezing.
    The trick is to dry it as quickly as possible without letting dust or mould spores settle on it

    That is a very nice piece, I'd be very happy if anything I had developed mould that looked like that.
    You can see that it isn't heartwood colour 'cos it doesn't follow the grain.

    I'm wondering if maybe it was caused by damage to the tree while it was still alive 'cos I haven't seen anything like that develope in the stuff I have collected from healthy trees.
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    I have seen these patterns in mango, and other species, before. It is caused by a fungal attack, which is the beginning of a breaking down process and usually stops as the timber dries out.
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    Caveman,

    I'd say spaulting. I've turned some pretty speccic pieces in darwin, see attached. These were from some logs left out for a few NT wet seasons.


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    Nice piece Pete, maybe I should try getting a log & leaving it in the rain forest for a while.
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    Just from our recent advanture, i can tell you that mango can have some quite hard bits in the middle when it gets some size.

    The stuff we cut is still vey green so who knows what colout the hard bits will be.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Rogers View Post
    Nice piece Pete, maybe I should try getting a log & leaving it in the rain forest for a while.
    I reckon you'll just end up with an overly rotten chunk of blue mouldy wood Will wait anxiously for the results of your experiment Cliff (now that you've committed yourself!)

    PS: pretty spekky bits of wood Pete and Caveman - too nice to be Mango though
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    Thanks for the comments guy's.

    Finished and oiled the platter with BLO. Will buff it at some stage once the oil has dried fully.
    The oil kind of evens out the lighter/darker wood not leaving so much contrast - still nice tho.
    My largest finished piece to date (in terms of diameter anyway).

    Have some much larger lumps in the woodstore, but need a bigger lathe to take care of them!
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    Came up well Andy. Lovely piece.

    So now you're hanging out for the Stubby ...
    Cheers, Ern

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