Spalting my birch. #3: The extreamly unexciting conclussion.

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 02-27-2013 05:02 AM 1746 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 05:37 AM

When you try again, here’s a couple of suggestions:

Use green logs, not lumber.

Keep logs in an area that is shaded and kept damp. You may want to cover with leaves, preferablly some that have begun to rot.

Good Luck!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 01:07 PM

I remember seeing someone post on this forum quite a bit for while – they seemed to be an expert in spalted wood. Can’t remember his screen name for the life of me, but I bet if you got in touch with them they could give you an exact way to go about this.

I’ll do some digging and see if I can find their username for you.

EDIT It was this guy…Sodabowski

He had a blog series called ‘Spalters Inc.’ Pretty informative.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 02:03 AM

Living in Florida, I have had no problem spalting wood. I simply put green wood in a plastic bag and wait several months.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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