Spalted wood embodies all that is curious in the natural world. It is formed by unseen organisms at a specific time and place that only it knows. It is selective in its territory and marks its boundaries with lines of demarcation that hold mystery as well as beauty. In its brief tenure, it leaves artistic inspiration and timeless decay. It is splendid in both its complex appearance and its simple biology. It is held in esteem for its natural beauty by wood turners and craftsmen alike.
Spalting is a byproduct of the early stages of the rotting process and is cause by an array of mold and fungi invading the wood. When harvested at the right time, spalted wood is widely used by woodworkers for its unique beauty.