There are a number of reasons leading to the blight that is affecting Maple Forests in Western Wisconsin. These range from Leaf Scorch, Armillaria root rot (Honey Mushroom), Verticillium wilt, White Rot and Brown Rot. White rot actually leads to the delightful patterns we know as spalting.
All these weaken the Maple trees inviting wood borers. Although the windfall or blowdown trees were originally slated for firewood a few enterprising loggers noticed the beautiful colorations in the wood. The cure for this cellulose degradation is to mill it in to planks ASAP and dry kiln the wood which kills all the pathogens. Some of the planks still have the original hole bored for the sugar collection.
We have now partnered with a WI flooring manufacturer to bring this beautifully figured maple to you in varied width T&G, End Matched, Relieved and ready to lay. An added bonus is the majority of these flooring packages are in long lengths. (8-9 ft)