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DIY Staghorn Workshop

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The DIY Mounted Staghorn Ferns workshop is taking off.  We had a full crew last class, and I was taken back how creative people can be.

Staghorn madness.

Staghorn madness.

Staghorn Fern wall Art.  That bottom right one is a demo I made a couple months ago, the rest are just a sample of some of the Stags mounted during the workshop.  Lots of reclaimed lumber used to build these babies.

Workshop Stag making.

Workshop Stag making.

Workshop SF is about to celebrate their first year DIYing like rock stars.  I can’t wait for the Bday Party.

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Another Staghorn mounted from one of the students.  Staghorn Fern is the common name.  I have heard these called Elkhorn Ferns too.  Basically, they are Platycerium bifurcatum which is the most flexible plant species to use within the Platycerium genus.  Hey, they even grow outside here in San Francisco.

Staghorn mounting fun.

Staghorn mounting fun.

Another cool Staghorn mounting.

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum

Oh, MEMO TO MATTI:  Remember to bring the good camera next workshop.  The iPhone does not take great night shots indoors…LOL.

Staghorn Ferns - Platycerium bifurcatum

Staghorn Ferns - Platycerium bifurcatum

I think we are going to experiment a little for our next class tonight… should be fun.  Workshop SF has yet to post our September line up, but the next DIY Mounted Staghorn Ferns will be Sept 2.  Too many pics to post, but we will have some more up on our Facebook shortly.

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12 Comments

  1. What kind of wood do you use ? Over here in SE Asia we usually mount on coconut husk or fern bark but I think wood could be a more creative change – if it can take the humidity.

    • We use an assortment of wood…some driftwood, some is reclaimed building lumber, e.g. stuff pulled down from old structures such as houses and fences, some is from fallen trees. The main thing we check is it should be free from critters, lead paints, oil/gas products….common sense type stuff. I have not much used, but have seen them mounted to coconut husk and fern bark. It is just more exotic of a material than driftwood in my parts.

  2. Wow, what a great class.

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  4. Thank you so much for a great class! I really enjoyed it and loved meeting fellow young succulent lovers! Can’t wait for future classes!

    • Yay! Hope your new baby is doing well. I just picked up a bunch more baby stags, so if you want to make more let me know. How was the Succulent and Cacti show in S. California?

  5. Are you planning on doing another staghorn mounting class?

    • Hi Cary, we don’t have a class planned at Workshop coming up…our classes are a lot of fun. You just missed us last Saturday at Flora Grubb where we did a talk on mounting Stags and some other ephys, and will probably be doing something again this summer, but not scheduled at the moment. Matti

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  7. I can’t get to your workshop, any chance you would sell and ship one of these? Thanks!

  8. Hi! I love your web. I am from Barcelona -Spain- so I can not go to your workshop :(
    I would like to learn to do a Staghorn mount for the wall of my livingroom. My couple says that the couch and the wall gets wet when I water it. How ir works? I really need help because I want to do it. If you can show me more photos and tell me how to water.
    Thanks a lot!
    Cristina

    • We cut wine corks in half and attached them to the back of the wood for better circulation and wall protection. We would water ours at night and let them sit in the sink overnight before we put them back on the walls, too. We usually would water them under the sink on a super slow drip for 45-60 minutes.

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