Spalted Wood

Spalted wood

Spalted wood refers to the figure in the wood created by a type of natural decaying process. The mycelium of fungi penetrates the wood usually when it is still in theform of a log. As the wood begins the early stages of decomposition, unique patterns are created.

Spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress. Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are sought after by woodworkers