Often tossed aside as damaged wood, craftsmen are seeking out spalted wood more and more for exactly the reason it is often trashed. Darker strands travel haphazardly throughout a piece of spalted wood, creating contrasting waves and lines that enhance the grain as only nature can. But what is spalted wood?
If you look around the room you’re in, chances are you can see edge banding on some of the furniture or trim in the room. That’s because it is almost always easier and more practical to build large projects with plywood. For furniture or other decorative pieces, plywood is a less expensive alternative to solid wood and it is dimensionally stable so you don’t have to worry about expansion or warping.
Ever gone on a snipe hunt? You just go into the woods on a moonless night with a burlap bag and then the fun begins… at your expense. A ‘Snipe Hunt’ is a practical joke where inexperienced campers hear about the fun of hunting snipe and are sent out to bag the quarry, often while banging rocks together and yelling into the night. It’s great fun for the pranksters but not so much for the one being fooled.
Splits in wood can bring out mixed reactions. An optimist would see it as adding character and interest to the wood. A pessimist would only see a defect that makes the wood less valuable and attractive. It’s all perspective; if you are a homeowner and you have a split in your hardwood floor you are likely to be a pessimist. On the other hand, a craftsman might be optimistic that a split will enhance the value of an artistic piece.