FAQ: What's 'spalted' wood?

14th Jul 2015

Spalting, which most often happens in dead trees, is caused by fungi. It affects the color of the wood, producing unique shades and intricate patterns.

Pale hardwoods -- such as maple, birch, beech and sycamore -- are most likely to spalt. Burls can spalt as well.

Spalted wood makes for attractive knife handles, of course. It must be stabilized before shaping.