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.
What kind of fungi are you using and where did it come from?
Fungi came from a cutdown maple tree at my cottage. The wood that it was on has since rotted away but when I ripped it open had a nice blue colouring pattern inside.
That's an interesting propagation as well, but I thought the Forestry Service might have put you onto a particular species.
We'll keep an eye out for reports of a flesh eating fungus. :p
Most are safe (from what I have read anyway).
The fungi I picked have been sitting around our cottage yard for YEARS. The logs they are on have been picked up, moved, touched, you name it for that time as well (They are used as decoration) in our gardens.
That being said, they do recommend certain fungi such as "dead man's fingers" and "turkey tail"; which I am on the hunt for next weekend.
I believe the Fungi I picked and am currently culturing is Ascomycetes.
Took my cultured fungi last week and applied it to my 2 chunks of maple.
Checked yesterday evening before leaving the cottage and looks like a nice blue pigment rot is taking place!
Should be interesting to see how it progresses now.
Still on the hunt for Turkey Tail and Dead Man's Finger fungi :ROTFL:
Sorry, no pictures. Fungi hate the light and that can slow things down.
I will snap shots in a couple of weeks when I pull them out and start cutting and drying.
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