“Mushroom wood” is the name given to a specific type of reclaimed wood, sourced from mushroom processing facilities. And despite the primitive look, it’s age doesn’t stretch back all that far, as the boards were used in short term service for curing mushrooms. In that process, the fungi slowly removed the early wood fibers, leaving a hyper-textured and earthy brown patina. But words do not do credit to the actual article – as striking and graphic a wood surface as you’d find. Hemlock, is favored for the process. Science is still unearthing the exchange between trees and fungi below the forest floor, as wood and mushrooms are inextricably bound. In that sense, a large volume of all the worlds lumber could be seen, in part, as Mushroom Wood.
As the woods are so heavily textured, they are most popular for residential and commercial accent walls.