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    A woodworker friend who makes bowls and other artwork from wood told me once that spalted wood is actually wood that has been infected with a particular type of fungus. He said that some folks who use it actually inject the fungus into the trees to get them started. No idea if that's true, but . . . I don't know, but I been told . . ..

    I have seen it used in instruments before, but the description usually says "stabilized" spalted XXX. No idea what that means, but I can speculate that it is some sort of resin that is allowed to soak into the wood/fungus spots and then harden to keep it from falling apart. I suppose you could soak it in CA glue if you had enough.

    Then, of course, there is ambrosia maple, which is maple infested by a beetle. The wood becomes discolored where the beetles bore into the tree. Might also be caused by fungus? Out of my element here; maybe some of the wood gurus can help out. Anyway, it's also beautiful wood. No idea if it is suitable for instruments.

    The spalted maple bowls that I have are beautiful.
    Spalting is fungal rot though I don't what specific fungus it is. I know some woodworkers used to store them in bags with various & sundry organics to encourage spalting but I'm sure science has caught up to ingenuity by now

    You are correct on the ambrosia maple being the result of the beetles' travel through the wood & fungus from it's legs dyes the wood. Spalted wood usually needs to be stabalized because the fibers are too weak & tear out when cutting. If you soak them in a resin or, even better, use a vaccum bag then the wood hardens to where you can cut it smoothly. And then there are tinting options galore...needless to say, I'm a fan of spalted wood I can't wait to see the final product!
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    A bit more progress. Sanded and then he says color is going on tonight. Woot!
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    Color
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    Now the blue!
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    wow that's intense, almost like crushed velvet.
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    1st coat of clear
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    Coat 2
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    1st of 5 coats on the mahogany
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    Not sure if this link will show...
    https://www.facebook.com/Samrodrigue...4387957484456/
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