Spalted Maple » Acer saccharum
Spalted Maple Characteristics
Spalted Maple Wood CharacteristicsSpalt is created as decaying logs are attacked by fungi. The lumber must be manufactured after decay has started but before the wood deteriorates and becomes spongy. The decay makes for a difficulty with routing, sawing, and finishing, but the final result is striking.
Color RangeCream white or yellow to reddish brown with mineral streaks and spalting lines. Wide color variety.
Other NamesHard maple, Rock maple, Sugar maple
Some Typical UsesSmall accessories, jewelry boxes, high end furniture panels, cabinet doors, turnings, musical instruments and guitars
What's the Tree Like?Same as Hard Rock Maple or Sugar Maple. Produces sweet sap used to make maple syrup. Matures at heights of 90-120 feet with a trunk 24-36''. The Spalted Maple tree grows in Northeastern USA & Canada.
3.67lbs /Bd. Ft.
2.51% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
1450Janka Rating (?)
12.40% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.68Specific Gravity (?)
6.25% more dense than red oak (.64)
Woodworking with Spalted Maple: