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Crafting with tree logs question

Posted by cheri_c z5OH (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 30, 12 at 23:39

My husband and I have been making things out of logs. And we want to do more. Our problem is we've been having trouble when we cut the logs into pieces they end up splitting. We have used season wood and just freshly cut wood. Is there a specific tree that doesn't split like some of the others do? We live in the woods so we have several different kinds of trees. We have made deers, rabbits and angels. And I've had a set of deers and angel for several years and they have never split. Not for sure what kind of wood they are made out of. I was working on the angels tonight and every base that my husband cut out for the angels has a split in it. i would appreciate any advise you could give me. Thanks so much. Cheri

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RE: Crafting with tree logs question

This was taken from a carving blog: move down almost to the bottom of the page.

As you all know, shortly after cutting any type of wood, it will begin to crack. If you store your wood in a place where it is at all dry this can happen overnight. Apple and Cherry will crack in just a few hours indoors, sometimes the ends will split several inches and ruin the whole piece. There are several ways to slow this down and sometimes prevent it from happening. In the past I've melted wax in an deep electric skillet. Then I would dip both ends of the piece. This absolutely works great, but you have to have a goodly supply of wax, candles etc... around and it really only works for the ends or small (whole) pieces. About two years ago I switched to a product called Anchor Seal.

Here is a link that might be useful: Carving Blog

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