Spalted Maple: Nature’s Penmanship

Spalting is a phenomenon that occurs in the early stages of wood decay. The partial decay, spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines, or steaks, where fungus has began to attack the wood. When caught at the perfect time, spalting can be seen as beautiful displays of dark lines running through the wood. Spalting occursContinue reading “Spalted Maple: Nature’s Penmanship”

Emerald Ash Borer: Destructive artists at work

The epidemic of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Central North America has resulted in the loss of millions of Ash trees. Entire Forests have fallen victim to this beetle. Signs of infestation become apparent once the tree has been heavily infested by the EAB, and unfortunately, the outlook is bleak once signs are present.Continue reading “Emerald Ash Borer: Destructive artists at work”

DOUGLAS FIR: How the heck did it get to Ontario

Most would agree that old barns are pretty neat and that some barns have withstood the test of time, especially in Ontario. Ever wonder how they decided what lumber to use? Well, in short, most barns built in the 1800s were simply made up of the wood that was found on the farm property. ItContinue reading “DOUGLAS FIR: How the heck did it get to Ontario”