Brentwood Bay, BC, CA
Hobby wood worker.
It seems the most attractive feature in spalted wood is the contrast it provides. I get some rewarding coments when people see some of the things I've done with spalted birch. Here at least on the BC coast the process is easy. Cut down a birch tree, roll it into the shade and come back in a year to find it covered with fungi. The fungus sends dark streaks through the wood to contrats with the pale birch. I have the Alaska chain saw mill so cutting it into boards is easy, but it can be done free hand with any small saw for that matter. I leave it to dry in the shed for several months then cut it up on the band saw. Some of it is 'past the due date' and must be discarded but as it is not intended for structural I have plenty left for special boxes or cabinet doors etc. I find it marries well with smoked poplar which has a deep coffee colour. I scrounge that from left over flooring instalations.
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