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Spalted or spalting of wood
The term spalted refers to the results of a natural process of decay. After a tree has fallen, it immediately begins to decay. The speed of the decay is dependant upon the speci, and the environmental conditions; humidity, temperature, etc..
The results of the spalting process, at various stages, is a random coloring and streaking of the wood. Almost always, spectacular in beauty.
To capture this beauty, I allow the spalting process to proceed to certain stages. Then, halt the process by removing the humid conditions.
The spalting process can take years, as in the case of the Burr Oak that I like to use, it takes about 3 years. Other speci's, in several months, as in the case of a Hackberry tree.
The spalting process attracts insects. They, and their activity, enhance the process by adding character such as worm holes. Upon halting the process, a piece then moves into a stage that I call " seasoning". More on seasoning.
I have included a few photo's below, depicting the results of "spalting".
Mike Just, Wilson, Kansas
The base of this Bentley coffee table is spalted oak.
In 1994, created this table for a fellow in California. We call this table " Adam's walking table" (more). The top portion of this photo (left) is a view of the end of the top. Is not spalted. The spalting was sawn away as a result of cutting the top to length. However,the sides or edges of the table gave opportunity to incorporate the spalting.
Scroll down to view the edges.
The darkness in the graining is a result of early spalting of this log (from which it was hewn).
The spalted oak, edging of a bench. Could just as well be the edging of a coffee table, end table or about any other furnishing item.