Be sure to check out the May/June 2014 issue of American Scientist. There is a neat article in there about spalting, with information about new techniques we’ve been developing.
You know I love you all. If you’re going to use information from this site, please go right ahead – just note somewhere that you got the information from northernspalting.com.
If you do use information from this site and don’t cite, I may write you a polite e-mail asking for acknowledgement. And as much as I enjoy being amused, it would be beneficial if you did not respond like below.
Feel free to reference here as the page in question.
I’ll be giving a talk and demo on spalting at the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath, OR, on March 24th, 2014. Drop in and learn!
A spalting presentation with the Willamette Valley Woodturners will take place March 13th, 2014, at the Salem 50+ Center in Salem, OR. Meeting starts at 6:30pm.
I’ll be giving a talk about wood spalting on Thursday, the 23rd of January 2014, in the meeting hall at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (Corvallis, OR). Drop in, get your hands dirty, and learn about spalting!
The website is going on maternity leave for the foreseeable future. It is unlikely that any new workshops will be run during the 2014 year until maybe August. It is unlikely that more turning blanks will be started until that time as well.
Minor site updates will continue. And as always you are welcome to e-mail questions about spalting, wood anatomy, or anything amusing, to the increasingly pregnant Dr. Spalting.
I’ll be giving a talk on spalting to the Seattle Woodturner’s Guild on Thursday, November 14th.
It’s not too late for your club to participate in the spalting webinar, running November 2nd. The webinar was put together so that clubs and guilds too far afield to bring me out to speak have an opportunity to learn about spalting in the same manner they would if I was to come to their club.
The viewing platform will be Adobe Connect, which your club does not need to have a license for to use. You will need audio speakers and a computer (and probably large monitor, so everyone can see, or some way to project) to view the webinar. Clubs with microphones will be able to ask questions verbally. Those without will be able to type their questions into the text box in the platform.
For more information, or to register for the webinar, contact Harry Hamilton. This event is open to all interested clubs and guilds worldwide, regardless of affiliation.
It should be no secret to anyone that I stalk the Internets for spalting amusement. When you spend as much time as I do working on ONE thing, you like to see what other people think of it. Also, when that thing causes such a strong reaction in some, it’s fun to see what they think of you as well.
There are, of course, dozens of threads online that talk about what a horrible person I am because fungi are going to kill us all, and how could you promote their use??? Those aren’t worth a repost. But this gem – from WoodBarter.com, I wanted to share with all of you. I think I will now be using it before all presentations as a disclaimer. Mostly because it amuses me.
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RE: burls and spalting
Doc, believe it or not Sara is not the spalting god, does not know everything about spalting, and until you have personally tried any of the methods I wouldn’t be so quick to exalt her every word as the gospel because I assure you it is not. Is she more knowledgeable than me? Yes more so than 5 of me probably, but I know from my own experience, that malt liquor does in fact speed up my spalting where there are no spores yet present. I’m sure she can give me biological and molecular reasons why that can’t happen, but you can believe her every word (you obviously do) I will trust what I know from having done it.
Stephen Hawking is considered to be one of the highest intelligences ever to contemplate spacce and time and matter as was Einstein, and a vast portion of their lifelong works have proven to be wrong. Dr. Sara is smart but she’s no Hawking and I don’t put her on that kind of pedestal, I take from her research and put it to my own use and see what works for me and what doesn’t, and i hold her statements in light of my own experience and leave the rest.
I only know, what I know, from experience. I don’t have any lab experience and I don’t know how much experience you have Doc spalting wood intentionally especially logs in the field, but when I have used malt liquor to start my spalting for a new pile, it has, from my fisrthand experience, given the pile a head start. Your experience is obviously different and I respect that.
For reference, malt liquor does not speed up spalting. Also note that previously this amusement was attributed to ‘TreeCycle Hardwoods’, who did not make the original post. I have no idea why it appears so on my Safari browser, but not in Firefox. Sometimes browser technology confuses me. Apologies to Treecycle for any confusion.
I’ll be giving an evening talk about spalting to the Woodturners of Olympia, WA on Thursday, October 24th, 2013.