I started a "Has anyone done this before" topic in the Ask the Experts section (Spalting
) but thought as this project moves along it would be more suited for this section.
The first blocks of wood (maple) I started by simply soaking, placing in a container with peat moss (to retain moisture) and crumbling chunks of fungi all over them. These have now been sitting for a week. Took a little peak at them on the weekend and nothing noticeable on the wood yet (the process can take upwards of 8 weeks and sometimes never shows on the outside of the wood).
While these are hopefully progressing I am also culturing my own fungi!
I contacted someone at the Faculty of Forestry in Ontario (she is a resident expert on fungi and wood spalting) to get her instructions on doing this.
In short, place a piece of a fungi into a sterilized container of gelatin/malt barely, close the lid and let it grow.
I made up 6 containers, 2 of which have received 1 type of fungi already. after 1 day there is already growth! Sadly, I can't get any good pictures as they must be kept in a dark place with little to no light for at least a week.
These cultures once done work better and quicker then the first method I chose.
Picked up some more maple which will receive the fungi culture hopefully next weekend.
Still need to find 2 more fungi growths to get the other 4 containers going.
All this wood will be turned into 45 panels assuming they work out of course.
To stop the spalting process they will all go through a pressure vessel to impregnate them with a resin.
I will keep this post updated as I check the progress and of course, as soon as pictures are available I will post them up.