(K)not real wood but Faux (Fo) Wood
Burl wood is a type of fast growing, abnormal growth found on some trees. Burl wood grows when the tree has experienced some sort of damage from environmental stress. It can be from an attack by insects or a fungal attack.
There are several different colors found in burl wood:
The number of trees that produce burl wood is quite low. In addition, certain areas tend to create more burl wood than others, because all or many of the trees in a particular location are likely to be attacked by the same fungus or insects. Certain species also tend to be more susceptible to attacks and, therefore, more likely to develop burl wood. For this reason, certain types of burl wood are more rare and prized than others.
Often, a tree that has developed burl wood is still quite healthy. In fact, many trees with burl wood can go on to live for many more years. Other trees develop burl wood offshoots that are so large and heavy that they create additional stress on the tree and can cause the tree to die.
Loved doing this project! What would bring it all together now is a beautiful floor, maybe RS Crete, but that is a discussion for later.