Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ambrosia Maple

(Acer Rubrum) Ambrosia refers to the fungus that causes the black streaks. It's introduced by beetles that cary the spores with them. They burrow in to dead maple trees, lay eggs, and leave, and the spores they leave behind start to decay the wood. The resulting staining pattern in the maple is distinct, dramatic, and beautiful - one of my favorite woods to work with.