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Old 09-27-2008, 06:31 PM
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Default How to soften wood for carving


I am looking for ideas on how to soften the wood that I am trying to carve...my current carving is really difficult to carve. I am soaking it in water some...but is there any other options to do this.... I am tempted to just throw the piece away but I have quite a few pieces of this particular type of wood. Thanks for your help

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Default Re: How to soften wood for carving

Try getting a small spray bottle and mix 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 water in it. Spray the area you're want to carve and it "softens" it. This is especially helpful on end grain and harder wood..."slick" spots. I keep it next to my carving box all the time.
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