The easiest part of this project was ordering mushroom plug spawn from Fungi Perfecti. The next easy part was drilling, plugging, and sealing the logs. In all the excitement to dive in, everything was ready to roll - except the wood! After searching all over the area - conifer country, by the way - for freshly cut oak logs of a certain length and diameter, I finally found a source.
A cattle rancher on Sauvie Island posted an offer. He had just cut down a white oak about a month ago as it was at risk of falling onto his herd. We met him at the market and followed his truck down windy dirt roads deep into the island. As we stepped out into this bovine hidaway next to a massive pile of hefty, moss covered branches, the rancher came toward us with his chainsaw.
Instead of chopping us to bits, he very kindly offered to cut lengths of any branches we liked. Whew! What a nice guy he turned out to be!
After letting the logs cure a bit longer, it was time to drill, plug, seal and then set them in place. Stay tuned for this fall's mushroom peroshki fest!