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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?
A continuation on our look at colored zones - investigate the yellow zone lines of aspen and help speculate on what fungus could be responsible.
We all know that outdoor spalting works, but can be unreliable. Learn a few tricks to help direct the process.
Some fungi work best on a very specific host. Check out the incredible zone lines created by the Violet Toothed Polypore on birch!
Fomes fomentarius loves birch like rabbits love carrots! Learn how to get some serious zone lines with this fungus.
Once a year or so, its nice to remember why we should be level-headed about spalted wood and its so-called health impacts.
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.
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.
The internet is filled with 'recipes' for spalting. Join me in analyzing and debunking each one of them.
Brown rot is white rot's evil twin. Learn what to look for to avoid this destructive type of fungus.
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.
Drying spalted wood can be a lot easier than drying clear wood. Learn some of the basic tricks here.
Fungi grow in specific directions in wood. By optimizing your placement of mushrooms you can speed the spalting process.
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.
The oyster mushroom isn't just a tasty treat - it can also spalt your lumber!
See the photos that accompany part I on locating Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail.
Learn how to quickly locate Dead Man's Finger and Turkey Tail, the two most prolific zone line producing fungi.
Learn about an easy to find green-stain fungus
Discover the many types of zone lines, and what they mean when you see them on spalted wood.
Learn about safe handling, storage, machining and use of spalted wood.
Spalting is often confused with a host response color produced by the tree itself. Learn to tell the difference.
An introduction to spalting... plus see some pink and yellow spalting on hemlock that Robinson cooked up in one of her home spalting tubs.