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Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material

Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material

Sara C. Robinson , Hans Michaelsen & Julia C. Robinson

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For the first time, the history of spalted wood—wood coloration caused by fungi—is detailed in a comprehensive resource covering the science, the history, and the applications of spalting. Featuring 870 photos and photomicrographs, this resource goes back 700 years to the beginning of written records of spalting, and follows its evolution from closely guarded guild secret to scientific curiosity to a mainstream art form. Robinson, the leading world expert in spalting and founder of the topic’s essential reference site northernspalting.com, also presents an introductory guide to spalted woods from around the world. Along with supplier lists and an in-depth look at the most current, groundbreaking research in spalting today, there are full-color photos of spalted works from renowned artists like Mark Lindquist, David Ellsworth, Silas Kopf, and James Krenov, spanning the full spectrum of spalting colors and uses in woodcraft.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 870 photos & photomicrographs | 288 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350382 | Binding: hard cover

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Sara C. Robinson is a professor and artist at Oregon State University, where she researches spalting fungi and their applications across chemistry, physics, wood science, art, and craft. Dr. Robinson’s research deals not only with understanding the mechanisms of spalting, but also discovering new spalting colors through field research in the Amazon rainforest in Peru. She is also an active woodturner and displays spalted artwork across the world. Robinson lives with her husband, daughter, and rabbit, and is pleased to report that she now has a big enough house that she no longer has to woodturn in her bedroom. www.northernspalting.com Prof. Dipl. Rest. Hans Michaelsen worked as a trained cabinetmaker and restorer for twenty-five years at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, then served as professor of wood conservation at the universities in Hildesheim and Potsdam, Germany. He is the author of the books From the Dyeing of Wood and Royal Parquet in Prussian Castles and over thirty other publications on wood restoration and historical techniques. Michaelsen currently serves as a member of the editorial board of the journal for German restorers, as well as a restorer and university lecturer. Julia C. Robinson has a masters degree in the history of decorative arts from a program partially sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates. Her research interests include furniture as well as material culture in museum exhibits. –Alternate, medium-length author bio text: Sara C. Robinson is a professor and artist at Oregon State University, where she researches spalting fungi and their applications across chemistry, physics, wood science, art, and craft. She is also an active woodturner and displays spalted artwork across the world. Prof. Dipl. Rest. Hans Michaelsen is a cabinetmaker and diploma restorer, as well as professor for wood conservation at the universities in Hildesheim and Potsdam, Germany. He is the author of the books From the Dyeing of Wood and Royal Parquet in Prussian Castles and over 30 publications on wood restoration and historical techniques. Julia Robinson holds a masters degree in the history of decorative arts from a program dually sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and George Mason University. Her research interests include furniture studies.