Yesterday I was going over some plans with my WW instructor at the
comunity college that includes the use of spalted maple for drawer
fronts. He told me an amusing story about a guy who spalts his own.
I guess there's a well-known surfer and surfboard maker by the name of
Greg Knoll (my instructor is also a mad surf enthusiast). Apparently
he makes beautiful handcrafted solid wood surfboards that people by
for $$$ and use as art objects. Kinda the Sam Maloof of surfboards.
Anyway, it seems the demand for his boards made with spalted woods was
outpacing his supply. So, to resolve the problem, he goes out to his
wood pile first thing every morning and empties his bladder on his
inventory. After about 6 mos. of exposure to high humidity (No.
Cal.), nitrogen, uric acid, etc., he's got a good spalt going.
At $15-20 a b.f. most places are asking for spalted maple, makes you
think about having another beer.