September is National Mushroom Month and it's starting off with a bang here in the north woods. While my patch of woods doesn't produce much in the way of mushrooms in the spring, it is abundant in fall. This weekend I took over a hundred photos of mushrooms, ate mushrooms, and dyed with mushrooms. I figured as my tribute to favorite forest floor-dweller, this week my blog posts will all include something fungal. (like they don't usually...)
Today I'll show you the green-stain fungus.
These little cup fungi discolor their wood host, leaving it with streaks of teal green. I usually spot the green wood but rarely get to see the actual fungus responsible for it. This weekend though I saw it in several spots in the woods, which was pretty exciting.
I began collecting bits of this lovely green wood a few years ago and tried dyeing wool with it, unsuccessfully. I then read that woodworkers have prized the green-stained wood for centuries, using it in detailed inlay work, and was intrigued. The wood I had found was really decayed and soft, unusable for woodworking, but I still kept collecting bits as I found them just because I think they're pretty, and I'm a magpie.
One day I found a piece that wasn't decayed and I nearly jumped for joy. I picked up the piece and literally went directly to the saw and started cutting. What emerged were some small pieces for some natural-dyer friends of mine, including this little pendant.
Thank you Sonia, for the photos!
I have a small amount of this wood left and I hope to make a few more pieces from it.
In the meantime, I'll keep picking up pieces of green, just in case.
Have a great week, everyone. Happy Labor Day to my friends in the US.