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Materials Science at Oregon State University

Let's paint! Reinventing spalted wood in the 21st century

Date: Thursday, Jan 31st
Presenter: Sara C. Robinson, Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University

Abstract


Wood that has been left colored after fungal colonization (spalting) has played an historic role in woodworking since the 15th century. Spalted wood, whether blue, yellow, pink, or swirled with black lines, continues to be heavily utilized by artisans and crafters who work with wood as a medium. With industry now showing interest in mass-production of this value-added wood product, scientists are breaking down the mechanisms by which spalting occurs and speeding up the process - generating spalted wood through unique laboratory methods.