The Successful End

On 2/21/06 I found my first large Chaga!
It was growing on an old Black Birch.  I estimate the diameter of the birch to be 30".

The width of this Chaga was about 18".  It resembled a stuck out lower lip.  Above it was a deep lesion like pit in the trunk, that I suspect was caused by Nectria galligena The Chaga was sticking about 10" from the trunk.  It was about 2' above ground level, so it was easy to get at.

Below are two of the largest pieces that I placed on  an upturned 5 gal white can.

I definitely have enough to make tea now :o)
According to what I read, Black Birch produces the most potent Chaga.