I recently purchased a good mushroom book and found out that this set of mushrooms I had found last Fall is called the “Artist’s Conk” (Ganoderma applanatum).
I almost spelled it “conch” since I am so used to doing seashell research on the conch (pronounced the same as conk).
It can be etched or painted and will stand up on a table for display. Sounds interesting, but they are very much attached to the trees they grow on and very difficult to remove. I half tried to do so without luck. I guess I need a knife. Or better yet, just take a photo!
See more photos and a picture of a carved drawing at Mushroom-Collecting.com