White Oak (Spalted Figure)
Spalted White Oak is a favorite of many woodworkers due to its strength, durability, and rich tones. White Oak is usually preferred to Red Oak, because its tight grain helps the wood hold its shape without shrinking, and is nearly impervious to water.
The unique spalted coloration is caused by pigmentation fungi either bleaching or staining the patches of the wood they affect. The long, winding black outlines around these patches are known as "zone lines", and represent barriers that the fungi have erected to protect their resources.
Pigmentation fungi do not degrade the wood cell wall, so their primary effect on the host tree is aesthetic. It takes a long time for the natural processes that result in spalting to take place, but the finished appearance exhibits a dramatic effect that is sought after by woodworkers.
White Oak (Spalted Figure) Products
Note: our wood products are sold with no guarantee of moisture content.