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.