The things I still don’t know. I’ve barely scratched the surface. Today I learned about Mushroom Wood. I’d never even heard of such a thing before. I’ve encountered all sorts of woods in my quest. Oak and Walnut, Pear, and Zebra, Mahogany, and Pine and so many other varieties in-between, but Mushroom Wood – I said with a healthy dose of disbelief, no foot of mine had fallen on any such surface.
As it turns out, I wasn’t entirely right or wrong. Mushroom would isn’t a specific wood. It’s actual make-up is either Hemlock and/or Cypress – both soft woods. I am not sure where they fall on the Janka scale, but suffice to say, they are somewhat malleable.
These woods are used for bedding bins in which mushrooms are grown. During the growing cycle the enzymes digest and erode the soft wood. This makes the wood appear as if its the bed of a river, eroded by the running water. The pattern is unique and beautiful. The color is a rich caramel.
It’s particularly amazing because it looks historic. Next to the hand hune beams it looks authentic. This is important as we augmented The Manse with some Mushroom wood to provide some visual interest, and continuity. We are at a point in the design where the details make all the difference. The space looks clean and quite beautiful, but there is a point in any construction project that you can go to far – a mon avis. If you aren’t able to maintain a few original components – we were here – then adding them back in, give a space some warmth. Makes if feel like a home that one could actually live in. This is the goal – at least for me.