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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.