Mold on bark only

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Original poster
Feb 4, 2021
I know nobody is probably going to be able to tell me for 100% certain here, but just figured I’d ask for see what the opinion is. I just recently got a bunch of red oak (willow oak specifically) from a neighbor whose tree fell in a storm. Lots of rain for a few days before I could get to it to cut up. But once I got it back to the house I noticed some tiny mold spots on the bark. I guess I’m just curious whether most of you would bother taking the bark on for something this small. The wood itself obviously needs seasoning so I have a while to think about it. Haven’t split it yet or anything.


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Looks to be lichen to me. I wouldn't much worry about it, personally, but if it bothers you either remove the bark, or take a wire brush to it to scrub it off.
It won't reach 15% moisture content for a few years anyway so leave it alone. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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