Welcome to the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board, an online wood carving forum community where you can join thousands of carvers from around the world discussing all things related to carving. To gain full access to the message board you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:
  • Browse over 90,000 posts.
  • Communicate privately with other carvers from around the world.
  • Post your own photos or view from 3,500 user submitted images.
  • Gain access to exclusive wood carving promotions offered by Wood Carving Illustrated and Fox Chapel Publishing.
All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board's Support Team.

Go Back   Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board > Wood Carving > Carving Wood & Materials
Connect with Facebook

Helvie Knives
Carving Wood & Materials

Reply
Share Thread:
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-13-2009, 12:46 PM
RUssL.'s Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,240
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Default Drying small cherry logs

I have a couple of 18" long X 4" in diameter cherry logs, with the bark still on them, that I want to dry and keep in log form with minimum checking or other drying-damage artifacts.

I plan to seal the ends with Anchor-Seal (two previous pieces that I did not do this to split nearly end-to-end when they dried too fast)strip the bark off and let them dry in my unheated garage.

Anyone have any other suggestions regarding air drying small logs so that they don't split when it comes times that they have dried and are ready to carve?


Thank you in advance,

Russ L.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-13-2009, 01:43 PM
Claude's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ponchatoula, LA
Posts: 8,660
Thanks: 44
Thanked 279 Times in 241 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Claude
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

Just a thought, as I've never tried this, but...

How about putting a radiator clamp on each end, cinched down tight, and then retightened every few days as the log begins to dry?

Claude
__________________
My ETSY shop: Claude's Wood Carving

My WCI Gallery
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-13-2009, 03:34 PM
xsailer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wichita,Ks
Posts: 1,279
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

I guess, it was "Just a thought".

Not much of one but none the less "a thought".

You need something to do.
__________________
Bob
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-13-2009, 03:39 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, Indiana
Posts: 97
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to sitesby Send a message via Yahoo to sitesby
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

I dried a few pieces of maple the same way and with the same results. I was told by another woodworker to never strip the bark off. By doing so you allow the moisture to escape the sides of the log to fast causing severe splitting out the sides.
Coat the end grain, leave on the bark, and let nature take care of the rest.
This has worked for me with the only problem being waiting on it to dry.
Good luck.
__________________
Jerry Hartzell
Wood Carver Hobbyist
The Blog of Jerry Hartzell
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-13-2009, 04:37 PM
Sharon of the Dell's Avatar
MyMother'sDaughter!
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: nor cal,under the redwoods, near the Pacific
Posts: 5,506
Thanks: 120
Thanked 40 Times in 25 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

I posted a while back about drying some cherry and plum in unused kitty litter in a cardboard box.the sizes ranged from about 4 inches down to an inch.I peeled the bark off all of it.The ones I sealed with wax on the ends didn't check or split, the rest split right down the middle.I think they have been in the boxes for 4(?) or so months.the larger pieces probably only have a few more months till they are dry enough. the small ones, I would say are just about ready to be carved into something.All in all I think its a half way decent way to speed up the drying process.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-13-2009, 09:16 PM
RUssL.'s Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,240
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

Thank you all for your input.
I guess I will leave the bark on and put it in the warehouse at work where I was able to dry 2 1/2" X 8" X 10' basswood planks in less than six months. The place is more than bone dry.

All the best,

Russ
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-14-2009, 08:28 AM
Claude's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ponchatoula, LA
Posts: 8,660
Thanks: 44
Thanked 279 Times in 241 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Claude
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

Quote:
Originally Posted by xsailer View Post
I guess, it was "Just a thought".

Not much of one but none the less "a thought".

You need something to do.
No - it's the other way around, Bob. I was taking a break from some intensive concentration on a large, complex, spreadsheet I've been working on, and was just giving my mind free range for a couple of minutes...

Claude
__________________
My ETSY shop: Claude's Wood Carving

My WCI Gallery
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-14-2009, 01:37 PM
a non-mannerist
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: W. New York
Posts: 709
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

Latex paint doesn't offer much of a barrier to moisture migration.

Paraffin wax is the best. Three coats of paraffin wax blocks moisture almost 99.9 % (test results from USDA Forest Products Lab study)
__________________
My Gallery
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-16-2009, 08:45 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DeKalb County, Illinois
Posts: 141
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

Just because a small log doesn't split, doesn't mean there isn't enormous tension in there. It may split badly after you start carving. I had a walking stick blank (hickory) that dryed for a year just fine. Then I peeled the bark and it promptly split.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-19-2009, 04:45 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Drying small cherry logs

The kitty litter idea sound good for small stuff ---But for Paraffin I wonder if when you take off the bark should you cover it's sides as well as the ends? My wood is Cherry wood fresh cut yesterday, If I could I would try to carve it while it is green, I understand is is easier to shape ---how long would you classify the wood green? Just newly cut or up to 6 months aged? Thank you, I am quite the newbie
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need advice on drying basswood logs chipper67 Carving Wood & Materials 2 12-05-2011 09:53 AM
logs,need help Dileon Carving Wood & Materials 14 02-20-2011 12:13 AM
Drying Logs Mudbone Carving Wood & Materials 7 07-26-2009 03:18 PM
How to deal with fresh cherry logs meipo Carving Wood & Materials 31 07-19-2009 04:30 AM
Carving and Drying Cherry Guest Carving Wood & Materials 2 12-27-2004 10:51 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:57 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2000 - 2010 Fox Chapel Publishing Co., Woodcarving Illustrated

SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2