Spalting Angels?

Three members of the Applied Mycology Lab (we got a lab rename!) were spotted at a Wood Magic booth on Saturday, demonstrating how bubbles can be blown through red oak.  Hooray for wood anatomy!





(from left to right: Sarath Vega (PhD student), Amy McClelland (undergraduate), and Patty Vega (PhD student))

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And the fungus of the year is…

At the beginning of each school term, the lab votes on its favorite fungus.  Voting is done via hair color (of course).  The results were as follows:

Fungi voting

Scytalidium cuboideum: 2.5 votes (someone had a dyed hair clip instead of actual dyed hair)

Chlorociboria species: 3 votes

Scytalidium ganodermophthorum: 1 vote

So the fungus of the year for the 2014/2015 school year is Chlorociboria species!


Now, of course, things got a little harry for a while.  There was a lot of fighting:

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Then some talking:



And finally, the two main groups made up:

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And that is why spalting is awesome.  You’re welcome.

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spalting workshop

The next spalting workshop will be held on August 23rd, 2014, at Oregon State University.  For more information, click here.

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More from the Amazon

Meet Yasmanie, our fantastic field guide who hacks through the vines so we can get to the awesome spalting!  He also is much better at spotting Tangarana trees than any of us are…


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more Amazonian goodness

Green zone lines, people.  GREEN zone lines!


green zone lines

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Pigments in the Amazon!

If you’re not yet a contributor to the pigment research, look at what you are missing!  Below is some purple stain my PhD student found in the Amazon rain forest of Peru!



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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.

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