Turning & Coloring Spalted Wood with Seri Robinson July 20-24, 2020


$825 tuition; $200 materials payable to Agriculture Research Foundation

Key Points:
*How spalting fungi affect wood
*Functional wood anatomy
*Functional fungal biology
*Wood spalting safety
*Grinds of tools best for spalted wood
*The science behind spalted pigments
*How to make spalting without live fungi
*How to spalt in an hour

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


Machining spalted wood is a daunting task, and often more art and skill than science. Turning spalted wood can be enormously frustrating, especially if one does not want to use stabilizers. This weeklong course will go through how fungi affect wood and how that in turn affects how it should be turned, taking into account different types and levels of spalting. In addition, students will get to learn about the advances in spalting research, make their own spalting dyes, and apply them to their turnings for ‘instant’ spalting. Students will learn the fundamentals of wood anatomy and fungal biology, turn many types of spalted wood, from zone lined to pigmented, from heavily decayed to lightly spalted, and everything in between. Everyone will also be able to experiment with the latest in spalted wood dye technology as well.