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This page was last updated on: 09/18/2018

What is Spalted Beech?

Spalted Beech is not technically a species of Beech or a type of figure, but like figured wood it is highly sought after for the great character it adds to an otherwise ordinary board. Spalting is a beautiful imperfection caused by a fungus in the early stages of decay while in log or tree form. The dark, contrasting lines and variety of colors that add such a unique quality to the slab are signs of the various degrees of decay. If the wood is salvaged early enough and dried properly, the fungus is killed in the kiln drying process and the board should still be stable with minimal punky areas.

When working with wood in the early stages of spalting, it is much like working with regular lumber. Once the wood has started change color and dark lines appear, you will need to be sure to use very sharp tools to try and avoid tearout. If the area is soft or "punky" in the later stages of spalting, it is ideal to stabilize the wood with a resin or epoxy. There are many articles and videos online that can be helpful if you are unfamiliar with these processes and working with spalted lumber.

It can be a little extra work if you choose a spalted slab, but the beauty and uniqueness of these large slabs make the effort well worth it.

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width
price sanded
thickness
top middle bottom location comments
6038m1
6038m1
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Beech 3' 10" 41" $627.00 2-1/4" 41" 41" 41" b4-13-d07 Klassen Style River Table. Spalting. Light figure. Bark inclusion. Bug holes and decay areas on edges.
6013x4
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Beech 6' 4" 24"
to
46"
$621.00
to
$1,411.00
1-3/4" 17"
to
45"
28"
to
47"
27"
to
49"
b4-13-a04/4 Spalting. Note checking throughout. Discounted 25% due to checking and decay.
5127x1
5127x1
0
Beech 11' 6" 23" $1,209.00 2 1/2" 20" 23" 25" b4-8-a07/4w Due to checking/decay, this slab has been discounted 25%.
4687b10
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2
Beech 10' 6" 29"
to
29"
$980.00
to
$980.00
2 1/16" 27"
to
27"
24"
to
24"
35"
to
35"
b4-5-c10/3x Spalt on edges.
4687a2
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2
Beech 10' 6" 27"
to
32"
$950.00
to
$1,337.00
2 1/16" 30"
to
32"
23"
to
29"
29"
to
35"
b4-5-c10/3x Lightly figured;spalt on edges.
4681x1
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2
Beech 10' 2" 31"
to
32"
$1,109.00
to
$1,236.00
2 1/16" 34"
to
36"
26"
to
28"
31"
to
34"
b4-5-b3/3x This slab has been discounted 10% for cracks and decay.
4640x2
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Beech 9' 5" 26"
to
26"
$743.00
to
$743.00
1 5/8" 26"
to
26"
24"
to
24"
29"
to
29"
b4-10-b11/4x Lightly figured;Spalt.This slab has been discounted 15% for cracks.
3884x1
3884x1
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Beech 9' 26" $770.00 2 1/4" 24" 26" 28" b4-6-b10/4x spalted - This slab has been discounted 15% for checking
3872x1
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2
Beech 5' 10" 46"
to
47"
$1,456.00
to
$1,480.00
1 3/4" 47"
to
49"
45"
to
45"
46"
to
47"
b4-6-b5/3 spalted - This slab has been discounted 15% for checking
3202x1
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Beech 9' 3" 25"
to
27"
$686.00
to
$1,268.00
1-3/4" 20"
to
22"
25"
to
29"
30"
to
31"
b4-10-c11/4w spalted
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