Drop Top – #6767 – Spalted Big Leaf Flame Maple 23″x15″x.27″


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Vacuum Kiln Dried & Ready To Use
Species: Big Leaf Flame Maple (Acer Macrophyllum)
Length: 23″
Combined Width: 15″
Thickness: .27″
Disclaimer: Please review all photos carefully before purchasing

This set contains Spalted Wood. Spalting or Spalted Wood is caused while a tree is standing/living or when a tree has died or been felled laying on the ground. Considered a form of tree cancer. A cancer that actually does not kill the tree. A fungus that starts to stain the wood in the tree. If the fungus is allowed to grow it will penetrate the tree further by staining the wood causing multiple colors and erratic fungal black lines. If the spalting is well developed it can caused a total breakdown of the wood cellular structure causing heavy rot, rendering the wood useless for structural purposes. This is known as “Punky Wood”. Kimball Hardwoods categorizes our spalted products in three categories:
1. Firm Spalt –Which is the most desirable for woodworkers/instruments.
2. Mid Tier Spalt—This is the most common spalt that is sold. It will have a combination of some firm wood, predominantly soft wood, and some punky or super soft wood.
3. Punky Spalt—This is the softest and least desirable spalt from a wood working stand point. It’s important to reference that the more colors and black lines in the wood in general the wood tends to be more toward the “Punky” or soft side of the spectrum.

Spalted Wood Disclosure: Spalted wood due to its deteriorated state makes trees a prime target for insects to live in or feed on. All the things that make this wood beautiful also make this wood in some cases very difficult to work or use. Spalted wood is for an experience luthier or woodworkers application.

** Important Note ** This set contains Inclusions. Inclusions – Holes that have penetrated the wood that over time exposed to oxygen have darkened in color. Although rare inclusions can occur naturally as a form or irregular grain spacing, voids caused by heavy figure causing heavy grain disruption and ultimately small pockets that become infected and grow with the tree in depth over the years. Inclusions are also caused by an outside source. These are some of the causes of inclusions: Insect boring or tunneling, bird peck, tree knots or limbs that never materialize, and tree bruising caused by weather “windfall” penetration of the trees bark and outer sapwood.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 26 × 13 × 3 in