Interested in spalting your own wood?

Discussion in 'Knife Dogs Main Forum' started by akey, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. akey

    akey Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this is the right place for this but I thought I would share. I am sure some of you guys have spalted your own wood before but I have not and have been researching it. I ran across a professor at an Oregon university who has a ton of info on spalting. She has a site and a blog at She has some pamphlets she will email you that detail exactly what steps to take. The pamphlets are free but she does want to email them to people directly as she has some issues with plagiarizing. She is very helpful as well. You can even email her pictures of fungi you find in the woods and she will tell you if it would be a good one to use or not. For you guys that live in the Northeast it appears there are spalting workshops you can attend as well. Just thought I would pass the info along as her stuff has been a great source of knowledge for me.
  2. Lagrange

    Lagrange Well-Known Member

    I didnt know people looked at spalting wood scientifically. I just thought it was a natural process that was kind of hit or miss.
    I do enjoy me some spalted wood though.
    Thanks for the info.
  3. BonhamBlades

    BonhamBlades Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the websites. I Think I may have to spalt me some wood.
  4. rhinoknives

    rhinoknives Well-Known Member

    Hello Aaron,
    Thanks for posting that. I knew some people had worked with this in the science field, Its great to have some reading from a knowledgable person.

  5. Britt Askew

    Britt Askew Member

    I spent a couple years experimenting with trying to spalt wood. I even go by the name Spalted on other forums. I had some turn out real nice but also ruined some good logs. There was something I didnt think about when I started, keeping a lot of logs laying around is a magnet for snakes. During my second year of experiments I killed over 20 snakes in my yard, I even had a couple fall from the ceiling of my shop while I was in there. And to say my wife is terrified of snakes would be a HUGE understatement so my spalting days ended
  6. akey

    akey Well-Known Member

    Yikes. Not a huge fan of snakes. I live on a lake so we see them pretty regular. Judging by the pics in her pamphlets this is more like cutting bowl blanks and scales and putting them in plastic tubs to spalt.
  7. curtisk

    curtisk Well-Known Member

    very interesting and a big thanks for posting this!

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