Comparative Spalting

One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘what does spalting look like on XX wood?’  Below I’m compiling a photographic list of different wood species and what each type of spalting looks like per wood species.

If there is a wood species you would like to see on here that is not listed, please e-mail me and I’ll see if I have an archival photo somewhere.  If you have an IDed piece of wood with spalting that you would like to add to the photo data base, please e-mail it to me and I will add it below.

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Spalting on American Elm

Spalting on American Elm (Ulmus americana)

Spalting on Aspen

Spalting on Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Spalting on Basswood

Spalting on Basswood (Tilia americana)

 

Spalting on Horse Chestnut

Spalting on Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Spalting on Norway Maple

Spalting on Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Spalting on Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Spalting on Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Spalting on Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Spalting on Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Spalting on Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Spalting on Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)