Spalters Inc. #3: First culture attempts update, and eye candy.

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 04-21-2011 11:06 PM 7962 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: hunting for Chlorociboria sp, take two: WIN. Part 3 of Spalters Inc. series Part 4: Second culture attempts »

Hey guys,

Just for a quick update. The cultures I attempted last time did actually work to some degree. Something grew inside the agar mix :p
No stain from the Ca culture yet and I don’t really expect any to happen. I also grew the accompanying yellow fungus, which actually develops rather agressively into the culture medium. Certainly a big white rot fungus there, Fomes Fomentarius probably, knowing that it was on the tree I took the infested bark from.

For the next mushy hunting season I will have the appropriate equipment to grow them in decent laboratory conditions and see what happens.

Meanwhile, I’ll inoculate the culture in a live tree and let it all happen for a year or so before cutting it down and checking what happened. My culture boxes (chinese sauce containers actually) are, well, unworthy of being shown, so sorry but no pictures until I get myself some decent-looking petri boxes :p

As a “forgive me” for that lack of a decent culture shot, here is what has become of this piece I had showed you in the first post of this series:

And after some basic sanding, as I haven’t already decided which of the possible designs I figured out to carve it into, alongside its future base (which is the leftover portion from the lid of the sumac bandsaw box I made last summer for mom):

Oh, and the base is finished in BLO and blonde dewaxed shellac.

More to come soon!


-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 11:15 PM

That is nice.
The possibilities are endless.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 11:49 PM

looks interresting :-)
looking forward to the next one


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#3 posted 04-22-2011 01:52 AM

Thomas I think you’re great man most wood workers looks for interesting dyes & stains you’re scientific brain says how many colours can I GROW in my timber I like it but Im too old to wait that long so I guess I just have to stick to the dyes & admire your wood from afar :-)) (by the way never under estimate the importance of learning your modes it adds colour to your music ask Ritchie Blackmore) It’s a bit like fungus in wood but musical lol
Best to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 10:30 AM

@Trevor: mind you, the leaves for the vine I’m inlaying in the fretboard of the guitar for my gf will be made with such naturally-stained wood :)
And yes, I agree, learning all the modes in music is mandatory :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 11:44 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 01:49 PM

Hi Thomas, This is quite interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing that guitar fretboard. You have me looking more carefully at dead trees to see what’s there. I’m trying to figure out how your culture boxes work. Is this a holding place for species of fungi you have identified and will use to innoculate other wood?

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

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 12:28 PM

Hi there Thomas,
Looking good, glad to see your hunting for fungis gave results.
I have one interesting question to ask, how is the light resistant in these colors, try to leave some in your windowplate and see if the color stay.
I look forward to see more on this wonderful travel in the woods you do.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 04-23-2011 09:25 PM

@Ken: for the culture boxes, I’m building plans for a sterile box with a forced air circulation (with active-carbon filters and a fish tank pump) to keep the petri dishes away from molds and with permanent fresh air (fungi need air to live). Nothing really fancy, but it will be enough for my small scale, low ambition experiments. And of course it will be a project post here and a few blog issues too ;)

@ Mads: actually xylindein is ULTRA strong and even UV light doesn’t affect it at all. Old cabinets from the 15th century with Ca-stained inlay parts have not faded at all, you can search the web and find them quite easily. My specimens are sun-dried for several days before going to the air-drying area in my workshop. No problem at all with light, but with heat that’s a different matter (read: when sanding too hard irreversible discoloration occurs). I’ll have the exact temperature measured once I get more time at the university, which should come rather soon now. I brought sawdust from my most saturated specimens to have that measured properly, but a dull bandsaw blad is already enough to kill the color of xylindein…

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 11:46 AM

Amazing Thomas, I really admire your studys.
Best thoughts,

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

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