Anyone spalt their own lumber?

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Mark Hepburn, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. Dave F.

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    My experiment:

    American elm tree that has been down for one year

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    Down in a wet spot in partial shade

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    Covered with black plastic and left

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    Time will tell.

    Dave Fritz
     
  2. n7bsn

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    Dr Spalt work is certainly the best place to start, she is normally very responsive to questions, but I suspect less so now as her baby is due, or just been born, and she is probably a little busy.

    As noted, Zone lines aren't the fungus, but rather the barrier
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    This is a pen blank of spalted maple, that was pressure dyed. The zone line stopped the dye from penetrating the wood
     
  3. Jerry Bailey

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    For those interested, I've been in contact with Dr. Sara Robinson @ Northern Spalting
    she has since sent me the worksheet to do your own spalting, and given me permission to share it here
    (it's not posted publicly on the website, she'll explain the reasons why)

    anyhow, view or download it from my own domain ............

    http://one-time-designs.net/images/Northern_Spalting.pdf
    has all the directions, what you need to buy, how to properly mix, and suggestions where to get proper cultures....
     
  4. Mark Hepburn

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    Jerry, this is fantastic! Just finished reading and planning to run a batch this weekend.

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  5. Jerry Bailey

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    Let me know how well it turns out Mark, and what your time line ends up being, start to finish and able to turn ......
    according to the Northern Spalting website, should be able to get viable working pieces within 6-10 weeks

    did some searches on getting viable spores/cultures/fungi , found a couple available on Amazon for the simpler black line spalting at reasonable pricing,
    but the link she provided, which gives you enough pure cultures to do massive amounts of wood and obtain the coloring aspect, costs on average $350 each
    (makes about 12 small canning jars in quantity, and can save/use for up to a year, but does a lot of wood)
    Am thinking on trying 1 or 2 from Amazon, and 1 from the Oregon site itself.

    Need to heal a bit, so slow going, but will have further conversations with Sara as I've got more questions for her
    she just had a baby, so won't be in her lab for a spell, but said she'll respond via emails about anything else I want to know .......
     
  6. Mark Hepburn

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    Hi Jerry. I'll keep you posted. And seriously, thanks for getting this info out there. It's really fantastic. I might do the Amazon thing too for starters. But I'm going fungi hunting this weekend!

    Sorry you couldn't get to Phoenix. Hope you're feeling better.

    Mark
     
  7. Jerry Bailey

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    Am extremely disappointed I had to change plans, next time I'll take the preceding week off so there's no issues
    Hope you got to all the exhibits you wanted.......
    I'll just have to catch up in person with Jimmy Clewes, a BBQ and a few brews will get him into my shop, altho Mary might not be too happy about that LOL ;)

    I need about 2 weeks to recoup, so that'll give Sara a while to get settled with her newborn baby, then I'll get the rest of the info I want, and will pass that along also.
    meanwhile, I'm ebonizing some veneers, which is minimal labor :)
    Still shopping around for proper cultures/spores/fungi, have the rest of the ingredients needed .....

     
  8. Mark Hepburn

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    I was disappointed too. Did see jimmy Clewes and really enjoyed his demos. And Al's ball in a ball demo. And John Beaver. Also steven kennard. All great.
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    I also volunteered some youth classes and one was Al' string puzzle. Loads of fun. Did three youth sessions and they were great.

    Let me know what fungi you find will you?
     

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