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Old 04-13-2010, 03:24 PM
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I just cut down a bunch of trees some, about 30 pine and i dont know the other kinds.
I havent checked the pine yet its just in a huge pile in my yard

the other pieces have been sitting in my garage for about 9 months. i just carved one and it was dry but is it necessary to wait this long?
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Default Re: drying

I believe the rule of thumb is a year for one inch thickness.

However, Several carvers have carved while wet. I don't wait that long on walking sticks. About three weeks drying and strip the bark, then a month of drying then carve. Not everyone will agree but it works for me!
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Hi Kenny

Do you seal the wood after carving?

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Yep, I do Bob. Sometimes with satin or semi gloss.once used several coats of BLO. One cane I used Gloss per the customer.
BTW , I try to carve everything in one setting so as to seal it to reduce the checking.
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Thanks Kenny.
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