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The Fine Art of Decay

A woodworker becomes a scientist in seeking out the perfect fungal pigments

Sara C. Robinson

2014-05RobinsonFp207.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageWood decay fungi stake out their living space and keep other fungi out by pigmenting wood, a process called spalting. As a woodworker, Sara C. Robinson became fascinated with developing new colors and designs in wood using fungi, and her artwork led into scientific research. She relates her journey from artist to scientist, and describes how her work fits into the larger picture of woodworking history and wood science.


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