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Spalted Maple is technically not a specific species of Maple at all, but rather a general description of any type of Maple wood that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay and then subsequently dried and sealed to prevent further decay. The partial decay, called spalting, is not a problem and actually gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where the the original fungus had begun to attack the wood.1. Once dried and sealed though, the wood is now completely inert and food safe. The resulting product yields a striking bowl or server that is truly unique.
ButternutSometimes called White Walnut, Butternut is indeed closely related to Black Walnut. While the difference is not black and white, the wood of Butternut is considerably lighter-colored than Black Walnut, as well as being very soft and lightweight.
Butternut trees can be distinguished from Black Walnut by looking at its fruit: Butternut’s fruit is more oblong or oval shaped, while Walnut is nearly round; (see illustration below). The commercial potential of Butternut’s edible fruit (nuts) is generally regarded as being more valuable than its lumber. (Butternuts are not related to Butternut squash, which comes from an unrelated plant—Cucurbita moschata.)
The trunks of Butternut trees are fluted, which is sometimes still evident in processed lumber—the growth rings in the endgrain may appear more polygonal and faceted rather than perfectly circular.