Baby Spalt arrives!

You may have noticed a serious delay recently in e-mail response and website updates – this was for a very good reason.  Baby Spalt arrived Tuesday, June 10th around 10:00pm weighing 9 lbs 14 oz!

We’re both doing well, but I will be slow to respond to e-mails for the next several weeks.  In the mean time the spalting book continues to evolve and grow, so be sure to check the book page frequently for updates.

Happy Summer everyone!

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our research in Peru!

Sarath Vega, a PhD student working on tropical fungi for spalting from Peru, just got showcased on the national news in her country!  The video is in Spanish, but even if you don’t understand a word, it’s still cool to watch.

Click here to see the video.  Sarath’s part starts around 5:00.

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next spalting workshop?

I’ve received numerous requests to schedule the next spalting workshop.  I won’t be able to run one until August due to the baby (which should be greeting us early next month!).

If you are interested in the beginning spalting workshop, I encourage you to e-mail me with Saturday dates in August you would prefer for the workshop.  I’ll then schedule based upon popular preference.

Assuming the crowdsource effort goes well, there will also be an advanced spalting workshop sometime in August.  This would deal with how to do spalting in about an hour from fungal cultures.  I’ll keep you all updated on when this might run for the first time.

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It’s just not a week without crazy…

Because sending me yet another wacky e-mail is a great way to get your point across.  You all might consider starting a brain trust.  I think your ringleader should be this guy.  He is my favorite.



 Noticed on google you posted a page with my response to your indignant request. You did not post your own original email request though. So you left your ridiculousness out of it. That’s convenient for you eh? I also noticed while visiting the thread you seem to have a problem with many other woodworkers as well. You seem to believe since you are a Dr. you are the only one that knows about spalting. Guess what Dr. Spalting (ha ha! what arrogance! Dr. Spalting blaw haw haw!how funny) you are dead wrong. You still have a lot to learn doctor or not. Stop asking people to stop writing their own experiences on the internet. You are not the only one on the World Wide Web that knows about spalted wood nor are you the only one who works with it. People learn from others and anyone and everyone who wants to post is free to do so. Not everyone has read every page of your work. Nor would I personally want to after realizing your egocentric arrogance. I would be happy to learn something from anyone but you. Not everyone is copying from you. Get real. You are absolutely hilarious. An extremely petty person. Be sure to post this response as well. But be sure and post your original request to me the first time as well. Put the whole story out there. You think you are the end all be all to spalt and you  most definitely are not. And by the way, your request was not kind at all, you insinuated that I had plagiarized or copied your work which I most definitely had not. I take that as an egregious personal insult. Thanks for the free press though.

Appalachian Artisan Wood Co.

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article in The Burl Hunter

Hey hey!  Northern Spalting made the cover of The Burl Hunter!  Check it out.


May cover

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article out in American Scientist!

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.

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This is why we can’t have nice things…

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

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.

 Unfortunately for you I have never been to your website. So you sound ridiculous right now.Sounds like there might be some good info there on a rather broad subject matter. However I will never visit due to your  arrogance at even considering I copied you. I have too many problems to list with your request but first of all who are you and what website are you from? I see your title but so what! I have never in my life read anything from you or visited your website! Period! I have hade my website up for almost 5 yrs. I have read many books and I work with spalted wood daily I started off reading about mushrooms before I even got into spalted wood. I make a living from SPALTED WOOD. So get of your high horse. No one copied you. I will NOT cite you or change my page. The research I have done on spalting is my own and no one else owns it. Prove to me when your “presentation” was done. I can prove when my page went up. I can prove I know what I’m talking about.  In short you are not the only one in the world who knows about spalted wood. So NO is the answer to your request. Thank you kindly.
Appalachian Artisan Wood Co.
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spalting talk with the Benton County Historical Society

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!

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spalting talk with the Willamette Valley Woodturners

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.

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spalting talk with the Academy for Lifelong Learning

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!

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