Last week at out guild meeting; the guest speaker was Seri Robinson. Seri is the only person in north America to hold a doctrine in bio-science; spalting. She did her theses on spalted wood, and is currently working as a funded researcher within bio-art at the university of Toronto. She collaborates with both scientists and artists in the development and utilization of spalted wood. Her research in fungi has brought forth a number of interesting developments.
This has to have been the most interesting meeting at the guild since I started. Seri is also very good at giving a presentation. If you can get a chance to hear her speak, I believe you will find it much to your appreciation. The samples that she had at the meeting were just unbelievable; and all were home grown in her lab. She also had a great talk about the DIY home spalting.
The following is an address to her home page; I have not had a chance to give it a real good look over, but it does seem like there is a lot of information. Seri also writes a web column for fine wood working........ Oh and she does turn too......... Woman of my dreams !