Many of our boxes are made from locally available hardwoods like beech, maple, cherry or walnut. Banksia pods are the seed pods of a tree that grows in Australia. We decorate the lids of many of our boxes by adding inlays of wood or antler. Spalting means that the wood was attacked by fungi either before or after the tree died.  Spalting causes the brown and black streaks in the beech and sycamore boxes.