Spalted Maple Box

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Spalted Maple Box.      December 15th 2011.







The client wanted it to resemble a shoe box. The number seven is carved into the top and stained black with a water based stain, it slides apart at the seven. Finished with Polymerised Linseed Oil.  13″ x 6″ x4.5″.  Spalting is a form of rot, and has three distinct types, White Rot, Pigmentation and Zone Lines. The black lines seen on the wood above are the zone lines these are caused by competing  fungi that form these as barriers to exclude other fungi and protect their resources. One common white rot fungus on the West Coast is Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) whose mushroom has proven cancer fighting qualities similar to the Reishi mushroom.