I acquire most of my wood from trees felled by landowners looking to simply clear the wood from the property. Much of the wood are from trees deemed a nuisances. I have mentioned this blessing and curse in previous posts. Generally the wood has many solid parts of the wood. Unfortunately, much of the wood has begun to root. Not a bad thing if you enjoy unusual grain and staining. Spalting is a process used by many wood turners to introduce specific color into the wood. Unlike the controlled process, the natural process happens out of sight and revealed only after the cutting of blanks is well underway.
I have learned when faced with natural spalting to proceed cautiously. It often means soft wood is paired with healthy hardwood. You can see several artifacts in the image above. There are what is commonly called pin knots. Small branches that once grew on the outside of the tree trunk. The grain pattern around these pin knots create a lovely swirling pattern. Close to these patterns you will see dark streaks. These lovely accents to the wood are natural spalting.
When revealed in it’s natural state, the spalting creates mysterious patterns that make each piece populated with the fungi unique from any other.