Inside scoop on our latest project here at Rustbelt:
A 14 ft. Live Edge beauty made of a very unique reclaimed material – Ambrosia Maple.
What exactly is Ambrosia Maple? Ambrosia Maple is a very soft maple whose name comes from its critter-friend, the Ambrosia Beetle. The ‘ambrosia beetle’ is a generic term used to identify many different beetle species that find a soft, cozy home in eastern red and silver Maple trees. As you can see from the photos below, the small dark dots in the wood are holes made by the beetle when it bores itself through the living wood. Upon entry, the beetle larvae deposit symbiont fungi into the wood, eventually breaking down the soft Maple into a composite that the larvae can eat. This fungus then spreads throughout the tree, using the sap as a vehicle. As a result, the fungus discolors the Maple, creating the distinctive grayish streaks that you see in the photos below. This particular sample turned gray, but the fungus will also turn Maple various shades of brown with hints of orange, green, pink, and light purple hues. This is a rare aesthetic effect that we find to be absolutely beautiful.
The table & bench set below was constructed from three large reclaimed slabs. All were harvested from a windfall maple tree in Lincoln Park; a local park located on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. Both bench seats measure in at 168” x 22” x 2” and the table measures 168” x 42” x 2.” After processing these reclaimed slabs to a smooth finish, we treated them with a light oxide, and a satin sheen finish to compliment the gorgeous color tones and pattern.
Please navigate through our photo gallery below to see shots from the salvage location, the before & after finishing process, and the fully-finished piece affixed to a custom, blackened steel base. Enjoy!