Flame Box Elder

28 July, 2014

Box elder is a species of maple that usually has creamy white close grained wood, but after the ambrosia beetle infects the tree, and the fungi follow, a very unique thing starts to happen. The wood will eventually turn into a mix of red, orange and light yellows, producing a red sunburst pattern in the endgrain. Box elder is a very easy wood to work with and is always an eye catcher. For years, researchers and Mycologists have attempted in vain to understand the etiology behind the brilliant red pigmentation found in some Boxelder trees. A lot of great minds have tried to conjure up the secret recipe in laboratories but have failed, but only one person can allow such a thing to happen and that is God, we can always find him through nature even in wood!

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