Inquiring Minds: What is punk wood?

Q. What is punk wood?

A. Sometimes it’s called punky wood, but it’s not good when it shows up in a woodworking project. Punk wood is soft, decayed fiber generally found at the center of a tree or a log. Caused by a fungal infection, the punk wood may not be easily recognized from the outside, but it interferes with woodworking operations like turning.

Although it’s not popular with wood craftsmen, punk wood does have its uses. It performs very well as a fire-starting material in the wilderness, particularly when paper or kindling is not available. 

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