Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Spalted wood is partially decayed wood, that changes color as it decays. The wood fiber is still sound and can be used is a variety of projects, the decaying stops when the wood moisture content is below 20%.
This is a slab of Oregon Myrtlewood. Spalted Myrtlewood produces colors that range from cream to black with shades of green, red, orange and brown; in various shapes and streaks.
The spalting process can produce some very dramatic colors and patterns.
Remember that spalting is decay which is the wood tissue breaking down because of the interaction with fungus. It is always prudent to wear a breathing mask when working (sanding) spalted wood. Some people have an allergic reaction to spalted wood.