making spalted maple

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Project by scottv11 posted 06-02-2011 08:06 PM 3547 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the result of my trying to spalt maple from clean wood. They were covered by a tarp for 1 year. The tarp rotted so the pile was not completely covered. If this 1 board I planed is what they all look like I guess I have suceded. Now I need to get them into my dehumidified shop to let them dry further. I think if I leave them out longer they will go beyond spalted to rotten.

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 08:10 PM

Very interesting experiment. I’m anxious to hear how the wood is once it dries out fully.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 08:11 PM

Hey great going. I’ll bet you can spalt other woods as well that way!!
Thanks for sharing…......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 09:03 PM

Great success on the spaltting. Look forward to to seeing what you make from them. I have done some research on spaltting using compost but never seen it done with just letting it set covered like that. Seems like it would be much easier your way.

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 09:32 PM

I have done the same thing… you will be happy BUT I recommend spraying them with a mild solution of bleach. The black mold part seems to continue growing throuought the drying proccess otherwise.

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#5 posted 06-03-2011 03:23 AM

Here is a link I found that explains how to grow your own fungi, spalt wood, etc. I have not tried it yet, but the instructions seem very good so I’ll be trying it soon on some pecan I saved from a tree on my place.

-- WayneD

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#6 posted 06-03-2011 04:18 AM

one very important thing to remember in handling this wood…....Make sure that you use a dust mask or respirator. can cause severe respiratory problems!!!

-- wiser1934, new york

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#7 posted 06-03-2011 08:07 PM

wayned : that link is a good resource. You can spalt stuff after it is made !! You can buy the fungus culture it and spread it on a bowel for instance and in 8 weeks it will be spalted. Who knew?

Brian: Thanks the bleach is a good idea.

Wiser: You are right . It is a fungus with spores so I will wear my respirator

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