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Spalted Wood: How to Give Your Home a Uniquely Natural Look



Anyone planning on doing remodeling in their home, especially those who are looking to utilize wood in order to give their home a more “natural” look, needs to be aware of spalted wood. Wood spalting can be done to any kind of tree species, and while the type used will affect dimensions of the wood such as strength and weight, the result is always incredibly beautiful. In fact, spalted wood is one of the most prized types of wood available. If you’re thinking about using wood for decorative purposes in your remodeling design and you haven’t heard of spalted wood, then you can’t miss out on the possibilities it has to offer. If you are already considering using spalted wood, then you need to be aware of its pros and cons, as well as how and where it should be used.

First, what is spalted wood? In a nutshell, “spalting” refers to “the coloring or bleaching of wood by fungi”. The cause of this process of fungus-induced wood coloring is absolutely fascinating. When a tree dies, the wood it is made up of becomes available for colonization by wood-decomposing fungi. Once the wood is available, various species of fungi move into the lumber, growing in between the cells. If more than one individual fungus starts to colonize the wood, then these individual fungi begin to compete with one another for territory within the wood. The fungi exude various chemicals that prevent