What is Spalted Maple?
Spalted maple is a work of nature’s art that happens when fungus invades maple creating a vein pattern. There is no other pattern like it in nature. Spalted maple can be found in either hard maple or soft maple – the spalt will occur in either species.
While spalted maple occurs naturally in the woods from airborne fungus, it can also be created by additionally introducing the fungus into the wood.
Working with Spalted Maple
Because the wood contains the fungus, it becomes much softer and must be handled delicately when worked. Care must be taken when sanding or grinding spalted maple lumber – you can easily take away too much very quickly. Tools should be very sharp in order to avoid tear-out of the softer fibers.