Sunday, December 16, 2012

Furniture from Mushroom Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It's not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I'm baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven.

That's not all that's baking in that house, you may be thinking.

The footstool is the product of a furniture-making class taught by Philip Ross at the Workshop Residence in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood midway through the fall. To call it a mushroom footstool is technically accurate, but slightly misleading - it comes out of the oven looking like weathered concrete and feels slightly spongy, like cork. Only the pungent smell gives away the footstool's nature.

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