Pod 1 ~ Ambrosia Maple
The name of this piece is Pod 1
The box dimensions are 2.5" high, 3" wide, 5" deep
Type of wood used in this piece is Ambrosia Maple. The drawer is lined with suede material. There are no stains or dyes, rather only a protective finish, to enhance the natural wood color.
Ambrosia Maple comes from regular soft maple and Hard Maple trees that have been infested by the ambrosia beetle. The small beetle bores a network of tunnels and short galleries called cradles. A fungus is responsible for the blue, gray and brown streaks and decorative patchwork that accompany each tunnel and adjacent wood. The streaks and patchwork add a unique look to this hardwood without affecting its structural integrity. This wood is mostly found in the central part of the Eastern United States.
The tunnels made from the beetles are extremely small. The infestation of the ambrosia beetle is terminated during the kiln drying process and will not start again in dry wood as the beetle needs somewhat wet wood to survive. Ambrosia beetles also infect other species such as birch, Aspen, and Beech.