what is spalted wood

Spalted wood is extremely desirable for woodworkers. It has black wavy streaks that are eye-catching and add a level of detail to any piece of hardwood. The spalted areas of the lumber have a black marble pattern.

Spalted maple is the most common, though it is still extremely difficult to find. We also see the spalted grain pattern on sycamore slabs, oak, and many other hardwoods.

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What Causes Spalting On Maple & Other Woods?

Spalted maple is caused by the natural decay of the wood. Fungus leaves the black spalted areas. It’s typically caused in blonder woods such as maple, sycamore, beech, poplar, basswood, and more. However, most of these woods rot too quickly so you rarely can use them for something like a slab dining table. Spalted maple however can still be used.

It’s also worth noting that just because there is black on the maple you have, doesn’t mean it’s spalted. Ambrosia maple can also have black on it from the beetle damage.

Spalted maple is extremely desirable. It’s hard to find for larger slabs. You typically only see it on the ends and not throughout the entire slab like you would with ambrosia maple.

What Does Spalted Lumber Cost?

Spalted lumber typically costs more than lumber without spalting. Although this will vary from supplier to supplier, we charge $1 more per board foot for spalted maple slabs when compared to our regular maple slabs.

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