Handmade spalted maple bowls from right in Massachusetts. Created with a lathe and then formed into a rounded shape, each bowl is unique. Spalted maple is an interesting wood, technically not a specific species of Maple, but rather a general description of any type of Maple that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay, and then subsequently dried (preventing further decay). The partial decay, called spalting, gives the wood dark contrasting lines and streaks where fungus has begun to attack the wood. If the wood has been rescued from the spalting at the right time, the lumber should still be sound and usable, with little to no soft spots or rotten wood.
Measure 11 inches in diameter. Up keep of the wood is simple, occasionally use mineral oil on the wood and avoid placing in direct sunlight. Never put in dishwasher and do not soak in water for long periods of time.