While I am waiting for my french polish to dry on my spice cabinet, I decided to do something that has been nagging at me for a while. I have this chunk of birch….
And I heard that there is a process you can do to turn some wood into spalted wood all on your own. Take the chunk, place it in the dirt, put some dirt on the top and let the moisture and humidity take over…. and volia. How could I resit not doing this on my own?
As you may be able to tell, it is from someones backyard, not a lumber mill, thus I can say with almost 100% certainty that it has been air dried. I have no idea if that matters or not, but I am guessing that a kiln may kill those precious little tiny bugs that may be laying dormant in this wood… just waiting for the right time to start growing those wonderful black streaks. Ah spalting, you put the fun back into fungus!
So, all I have to do is go into my yard and place this chunk into the dirt and put some dirt on top? Ok, walking to the door…..
Oh yeah….. I remember…. I live in Canada… But I am not going to let a little snow get in my way, no siree. So I run back to my basement and get the next best thing…....
Thats right! A tub with some dirt in it.
So I add some water to the dirt and I wet the top and bottom of the birch and I stick it into the dirt, then I make a little mud and put it on the top as well. Put some more water in it and put the lid on. I will add a little water everyday and check its progress. Just something to keep me occupied this winter that does not include camping out downtown.