We cut down a white oak tree to become the mushroom spawn host.
The logs were cut into 3 foot sections.
Tools required: Drill, drillbit slightly bigger than the wooden plugs, a hammer, a punch (screwdriver will do) to pound the plugs slightly under the surface of the log.
Shitake mushroom plugs purchased online. The rods hold the mushroom spawn that will be placed into each hole.
Drill pilot holes every 6 inches in rows on each log section. Offset holes every alternate row until log is filled.
Pound plugs into each hole and countersink each plug with a punch tool of choice
Plug each hole with beeswax. This helps to keep moisture within the log and pests out.
Place completed logs in a damp shady location and wet them weekly. Mushrooms need moisture, shade and time to spawn. The first mushrooms should appear in about 6 to 9 months. I've read that you can fool the mushrooms to spawn earlier by tricking them into thinking it is early Spring by placing each log into ice cold water from 24 to 48 hours. I'll have to try this technique in about 6 months. Each log will continue to produce mushrooms for many years to come or until the log desintigrates naturally.