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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Whats In A Name?

Spalt Your Own Lumber: What's In A Name?

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Names and marketing have a strong hold over us. With all the 'specialty' woods out there, how do you know what is spalting, what is tree color, and what is made-up to increase sales?

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Yellow Zone Lines on Aspen

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Yellow Zone Lines on Aspen

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A continuation on our look at colored zones - investigate the yellow zone lines of aspen and help speculate on what fungus could be responsible.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Outdoor Spalting

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Outdoor Spalting

We all know that outdoor spalting works, but can be unreliable. Learn a few tricks to help direct the process.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Violet Toothed Polypore on Birch

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Violet Toothed Polypore on Birch

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Some fungi work best on a very specific host. Check out the incredible zone lines created by the Violet Toothed Polypore on birch!

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Fomes fomentarius

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Fomes fomentarius

Fomes fomentarius loves birch like rabbits love carrots! Learn how to get some serious zone lines with this fungus.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Lets Talk About Health

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Lets Talk About Health

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Once a year or so, its nice to remember why we should be level-headed about spalted wood and its so-called health impacts.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Arthrographis cuboidea

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Arthrographis cuboidea

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Arthrographis cuboidea is the best pink stain to use when spalting. Learn how to find it, culture it, and get it growing in your spalting tubs at home.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Its not all about the fungus!

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Its not all about the fungus!

Wood species plays a big role in the amount and type of spalting you get on a piece. Learn how to hedge your spalting bets with the right wood.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Nutrient Supplements for Spalted Wood (e.g. beer)

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Nutrient Supplements for Spalted Wood (e.g. beer)

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The internet is filled with 'recipes' for spalting. Join me in analyzing and debunking each one of them.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Just Say No To Brown Rot!

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Just Say No To Brown Rot!

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Brown rot is white rot's evil twin. Learn what to look for to avoid this destructive type of fungus.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Dissecting the Colored Molds

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Dissecting the Colored Molds

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Molds are responsible for many of the bright colors seen on spalted wood. Learn to tell the difference between the useful, the irritating, and the potentially hazardous.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Drying Spalted Wood

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Drying Spalted Wood

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Drying spalted wood can be a lot easier than drying clear wood. Learn some of the basic tricks here.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Optimizing fungal growth

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Optimizing fungal growth

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Fungi grow in specific directions in wood. By optimizing your placement of mushrooms you can speed the spalting process.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Zone lines get even more mysterious

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Zone lines get even more mysterious

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Zone lines don't just come in black, as many people think. See some of the variations and help me brainstorm on the possible causes.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Oyster Mushroom

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the Month - Oyster Mushroom

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The oyster mushroom isn't just a tasty treat - it can also spalt your lumber!

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month - Dead Mans Finger and Turkey Tail (part II)

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month - Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail (part II)

See the photos that accompany part I on locating Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail.

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Video: Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month - Dead Mans Finger and Turkey Tail (part I)

Video: Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month - Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail (part I)

Learn how to quickly locate Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail, the two most prolific zone line producing fungi.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month: Green-stain Chlorociboria

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Fungus of the month: Green-stain Chlorociboria

Learn about an easy to find green-stain fungus

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: The deeper meaning of zone lines

Spalt Your Own Lumber: The deeper meaning of zone lines

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Discover the many types of zone lines, and what they mean when you see them on spalted wood.

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Spalt Your Own Lumber: Health problems associated with spalted wood, and debunking myths

Spalt Your Own Lumber: Health problems associated with spalted wood, and debunking myths

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Learn about safe handling, storage, machining and use of spalted wood.

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