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Fungus on Ceanothus


Fungus on Ceanothus (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens)



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These are commonly called "fairy stool" or "artists conk". They are sometimes dried, varnished and sold as ornament or jewellery. "The off white underside of dried specimens scratches a darker colour underneath, and artists sketch pictures on them. The fungus is then set on edge--where it had been fastened to the tree--to display the drawing. These fetch good prices." From Gene Logsdon's Practical Skills, A Revival of Forgotten Crafts, Techniques, and Traditions. It's a folk tradition in N.A. lol. They tell you where the dead wood is.

4 Mar, 2008

 

Thanks Lori - I don't know of any areas over here where it's a folk tradition! maybe I'd better strat one in Somerset. Do you think it'll catch on? Or else I could wear it myself.... :-D

4 Mar, 2008

 

I,d buy one Spritzhenry for my fairy tree lol

4 Mar, 2008

 

hehehe i thought it was an old dish ud put out2feed the birds on lol

4 Mar, 2008



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