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#1 posted 05-29-2018 10:30 PM

No, it is my understanding that “spalting” is the result of mold, is somewhat slow to occur and thus is done and there when you acquire the wood, that is if you are going to have spalting in the wood in the first place. Spalting does not occur after the fact and it does not happen during or as the result of working wood. I use the term “after the fact” because once a tree is milled and sticker stacked then it is past the point it will spalt as I understand the process. Also, spalted wood, once complete and actually “there” is just this side of rotten or spongy or so-called “punky” wood.
This is why many folks “stabilize” spalted wood when they use it, because there is always the possibility that while there may be spalting for sure it is also very likely that there could be soft wood because it has gone a little too far. Lastly, spalting, at least every time I have seen it, has always been black almost marble like lines in the wood. I incorrectly believed and was told that only certain species of wood would spalt, but that is not true and it appears that almost any wood can do it given the right conditions.
As to the walnut turning yellow…I have never really seen that. I have seen it turn gray if it has set stickered and stacked out in the weather too long and I don’t mean just gray weathered on the outside that goes away when you plane it off. I have a big pile of ten year old walnut boards and they have a band of gray between the heart and sap wood when planed.

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