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What's up with this wood?

How would y'all characterize this wood: spalted, mineral stained or something else? This was a huge mostly dead limb that recently fell from a 5' + cottonwood. The wood smells awful. Think of the most horrifying restroom you've ever walked into...that's how my shop smells right now! I put a glue block up to the belt sander and hit some old c/a, and welcomed the smell! My wife caught a whiff of me when I walked through the house and gave me a pretty strange look.
It's still on the glue block and wet with Cedarcide. I'll soak it overnight. I'm hopin' that kills the smell and helps with sanding a bit. It was almost impossible to get clean cuts on the outside and hopeless (for me) on the inside. Kinda cool lookin wood though.
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I don't know about the darkened heartwood but the wood sure sounds and looks like Elm. The drier it gets the more the smell will fade away.
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if that thing just recently fell i dont think the wood was nearly dry enough to turn. i think when that bowl dries its gonna crack.
looks nice now though.
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Might be some type of disease? You'd probably need an arborist to know for sure. Regardless the staining looks neat, very one of a kind.

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Might be some type of disease?
Maybe irritable bowel syndrome. Definitely one of a kind ... I don't have the stomach for a second one.
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Beautiful patterns. A few months ago, I resawed some elm that looked just like that. Haven't checked it in a while, though.

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How would y'all characterize this wood: spalted, mineral stained or something else? This was a huge mostly dead limb that recently fell from a 5' + cottonwood. The wood smells awful. Think of the most horrifying restroom you've ever walked into...that's how my shop smells right now! I put a glue block up to the belt sander and hit some old c/a, and welcomed the smell! My wife caught a whiff of me when I walked through the house and gave me a pretty strange look.
It's still on the glue block and wet with Cedarcide. I'll soak it overnight. I'm hopin' that kills the smell and helps with sanding a bit. It was almost impossible to get clean cuts on the outside and hopeless (for me) on the inside. Kinda cool lookin wood though.
what we call piss elm from around illinois other states has it . Sure smell's tho. I have work with it after the finish it the smell will fad away tho.
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I found some info about bacterial diseases called "wetwood" and "slime flux" which are common in elms, cottonwood and other species. Sounds like a pretty good description:
"Internally, wetwood is typically characterized by dark brown discolored wood which appears circular in cross section and wet or water-soaked. This wet wood is also characteristically malodorous, much like the normally associated slime flux. "
I also read that cottonwood typically has a bad smell anyway. Just FYI...
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Looks pretty typical for Cottonwood. There is considerably less smell when the wood is dry.
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OH yes cottonwood smells AWFUL. awful. I'll never forget that. Like the south end of a north-bound hog stampede. I was wondering, did that bowl crack like jack warner predicted? Because I thought it might too. Cottonwood is a different beast though so I wonder.. that's one awesome piece though so I hope not
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I think Bonanza35 probably has it right; that definitely doesn't look like a mineral stain to me (but I've been wrong before)

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I was wondering, did that bowl crack like jack warner predicted?
No cracks. It warped a bit but not too much. I just picked it up and gave it a sniff and yep, there's still a faint hint of outhouse 5 months later. No one else would likely notice though.
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Depending on where that tree grew it will pick up the sent from the ground. Happened to me, cut up a tree that was growing in septic field. I cut it up and smelt like $hit.

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I vote for cotton wood
I had some just like that
wind storm damage
it doesn't turn very friendly
and smells real bad
but it's pretty once it's finished

nice bowl
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