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Spalters Inc. #10: Predashun: I haz it

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Or better yet: when the dreaded tree-killing mushroom from hell finds its own slayer.

These chunks of mushroom flesh (completely dry) are from Fomes Fomentarius, the evil tinder conk, that loves birch to death, literally.

Being a scientific mind in a demented body, I of course cut down a rather big Fomes fruiting body into chunks (secret project) and brought them back to Paris with me. Right now I’m sorting things out here, many will go back to the parents’ house, in my shop (or the opposite, maybe).

Sorting and reorganizing my wood I checked out the little cardboard box into which said Fomes pieces were. To my surprise, dusty worm poop came out of it.

Okay so I’ve got some kind of infestation there! Grab a takeaway japanese food plastic container (Mads would yell at me if I called those boxes “bento-to-go”), cue the camera, bring out the big lights, and run it full screen to check out the suckers.




Tiniest. Bugs. Ever. Two to three millimeters. Chewing up one of the most agressive wood chewing fungi.

Wow, I should have filmed that actually. Anyway here are the crappy $0.99 ebay webcam (free postage) pixes I just took. Enjoy!

Cheers

-- Holy scrap Barkman!



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Schwieb

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#1 posted 767 days ago

Looks like the little bugs made a mess of your mushroom slabs. I wonder what sort of secret project you had in mind for that stuff. You’re such a nut Thomas. I’ll look forward to hearing more about this.

Ken

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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llwynog

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#2 posted 766 days ago

Ouch I know these little fiends very well. They are “vrillettes” (“Anobium punctatum” for the small ones and “Xestobium rufovillosum” for the bigger ones). They are the one that eat my walnut.
Be careful with the rest of your wood stock, tinder is soft and that is what they went for first but they are bound to have a go at your other woods.
Mine came with an old furniture I bought on the flea market and although I treated it 3 times (injected bug killer in each hole to have it spread into the wood) some of these still come out to mate in May/June and to try to emigrate to some other wooden items.

Cheers,

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 766 days ago

Ken: nut is a lesser word when it comes to describing me ;)
Fabrice: HOLY SH!T that sucks! I’ve thrown out all the munched parts but will check the remaining wood in my shop once there!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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mafe

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#4 posted 766 days ago

Those little wood bugs are our worst nightmare.
Glad you did not made boxes for the wood made of wood!!
So you are forgivem my friend.
See if you can spalt the bug… it will be best in two seperate parts…
Good luck on the project.
Have a wonderful summer.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 727 days ago

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#6 posted 727 days ago

Jajaja =p

de veras, es una locura…

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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