You are welcome to email me directly to set up a specific talk or demo, or chose one of the more commonly requested ones below:
Spalted wood talk (1.5-2 hrs): a general introduction to historic spalting, modern science, and DIY
Turning spalted wood demo (1.5 hours to day long workshop, depending): turning spalted wood takes patience and a unique tooling approach if you want to avoid stabilizers and sanding. This demo can be made as long or short as your club has time for, and covers tools, grinds, stabilizers, sanding, and how to turn spalted wood safely regardless of punky level, without the need for stabilizers or sanding
Wood Identification (1.5 hrs to 2 day workshop, depending): Learning to ID wood can be a fun challenge. Basic macro ID (appropriate for club demos and short talks) and more in-depth micro ID (better for day long and weekends) takes participants through very basic wood anatomy, and teaches key ID elements like latewood arrangement, parenchyma groupings, rays, etc.
Turning figured wood (1.5-2hrs): one part wood anatomy, one part turning, this talk and demo combination cover the different types of figure in wood, what causes said figure, and the best tips and tricks for turning highly figured wood without tearout
Coloring with Fungi (1.5hrs – 1 day workshop, depending): appropriate across wood, textiles, and glass, learn how to extract pigments from spalting fungi and reapply them to turnings, furniture, yarns/clothes, and other objects. Depending on time, this can be a talk on the mechanics, or a hands-on workshop where participants make their own pigments and then dye items they have brought in