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Old 06-30-2009, 04:50 PM
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Default Crepe Myrtle for sticks or canes

I was able to salvage a couple of straight l(2-1/2" dia x 6-7 feet long) limbs from a Crepe Myrtle bush/tree that was being taken down.
Does anyone have any experience working with this wood?
I have the limbs drying in the garage for a coupleof months with no vilible splits....yet.
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Default Re: Crepe Myrtle for sticks or canes

I've made several canes and had good luck. I have also had other pieces split really quick. I eventually painted the cut ends with plain latex paint and let them sit for about 3 months. Some were still pretty green when I carved them, but I apply a BLO mixture, Deft satin spray, and then rub with wax. I haven't really seen any splitting after finishing. I use it for cane shafts and the end grain that normally may have some small splits is covered by the rubber tip and the handle. Leaving the bark on seems to help with controlling the initial splits, but I have removed it later and had no problems on other canes. I haven't used any as large as the ones you got; mostly 1 1/2" range or less.
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