Bowl in Spalted Beech by Val Drumm

Bowl in Spalted Beech by Val Drumm

Spalted timber is wood that has been left lying after the tree was felled, and has been attacked by various fungi. The attractive lines and patterns are in fact the "demarcation lines" between areas of wood being attacked by different species of fungus. Once the timber is dried, all fungal activity ceases, and the fungi die off, so the wood is perfectly safe to have around the house (as well as being remarkably beautiful!).