Well, its been a while since I last posted pictures on this series. And I have nothing to report. There are also no new pictures, because again, there is nothing worth taking pictures of. So I have basically given up on this experiment.
BUT…... exactly why I started this in the first place….. I learned lots. Also in talking with lots of people and doing lots of reading I have drawn some interesting conclusions which may or may not be true.
Here are my observations of what happened.
1. I live in a really dry area, I had trouble keeping the moisture levels high enough.
2. The only thing my prespalted stuff did was mold.
3. My experimental birch basically got dirty and soft on the ends from the water.
4. Its cold here, no wonder the birds fly south.
The conclussions that I have come to:
1. I used dry wood, even though it was air dried it was still dry. I have a suspission that green wood would have been better to use. Possibly because the cellular structure has been changed due to lack of moisture, or a different kind of moisture? Maybe the fungus feeds off the trees natural fluids, but will not feed on post-dried-re-moistened wood?
2. Its too cold and dry.
3. Its easier to get spalted wood from friends on the coasts or who live in or around wet forests. Maybe I will try again in the spring with some green wood.
Thanks for reading!