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Forum topic by fisherdoug09 posted 04-07-2014 12:12 PM 470 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fisherdoug09

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04-07-2014 12:12 PM

Hello Jocks, has anyone ever tried to spalt their own lumber? I have read some articles about doing this and it seems fairly simple. Does dried lumber work or does it need to be newly cut down wood? How long does the process take? Thanks in advance. Doug


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#1 posted 04-07-2014 12:23 PM

Green logs work best. The spalt fungi need the moisture. I had some poplar logs that were stored off the ground laying on poles. Sawed them 1 year later and there was a good bit of spalt. Covering logs with leaves will speed the process, but getting it right is tricky. Try them too soon and little spalt. Try them too late and they are too punky and rotten. It is more of an art than a science.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 02:11 PM

LJ member Sodabowski did a whole blog series a few years ago on spalting wood:
http://lumberjocks.com/Sodabowski/blog/series/3604

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 02:18 PM

I have not tried to do this. I have some spalted pieces of maple, that I got from metro hardwoods in Kansas City.

There was an article and follow up blog some years ago in FWW
https://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/article/spalt-your-own-lumber.aspx

I remember she made spalted wood in rubbermaid plastic totes filled with Vermiculite, and tried a few species of Fungi.

There is a forum dedicated to spalting, with some guides, and also you can buy your spores and such.

http://www.northernspalting.com/

It is out there, but again – I haven’t given it a shot, so don’t know how good/correct any of the above info is in practice myself.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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