Ever hear of mushroomwood?
Me neither. But I was intrigued enough by the name and other offerings of this Utah timber salvage company to spend some time poking around on their website.
I found a huge variety of woods, rescued and remilled into flooring, mantels, beams, paneling and siding. Each product has a posted material sheet that not only describes the dimensions and properties of the wood, but exactly where it came from.
So what in the world is mushroomwood?
It's not a new, exotic species, but cypress, hemlock and cedar from out-of-production Appalachian coal mines. Many of these mines were converted into mushroom growing facilities, and these planks were growing platforms for the fungi.
With a rough, rustic texture and deep weathering, the boards can be used indoors or out. Install with the weathered or smoother milled face out.
Here's a fun fact to tell your guests: The company cautions that the boards shouldn't be used in moisture laden locations – unless you want the occasional mushroom sprouting. Although boards are kiln dried, a random spore could have survived the process.
Mushroomwood siding is available in 6" widths and in random length from 4' to 16'. Wider widths are sometimes available.