My parents own a small bit of land near the border between Wisconsin and the UP Michigan. Being on the highest spot in the whole area the land is filled with silver and sugar maple trees, though still an immature forest (only 20 or so years old) with birch, hornbeam, and old basswood slowly being crowded out. The great thing is cutting fire wood from felled trees. My father knows that if I help, a quarter of the wood will be stolen for my shop. Spalted maple is everywhere… as is fiddle back figuring. This last summer, after a firewood trip north. I came back with a ton of fiddle back and spalt. But I decided to see if I can do some of my own spalting into the fiddle back.
Researched a bit on-line and 7 months later I have great mold and fungus growth. I used two already spalted pieces in the bottom of the bin, soaked in water and wet potting soil. Flipping the wood and spraying them down each week. I am going to keep it going for a few more months and I will post the results, but for now it looks promising.
Keep it moist and covered and in the sunlight.
Got some good black coloring going on…
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