Turning slippery slope #5: Green wood versus air dried wood - questions, always questions

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 02-07-2009 10:27 PM 1039 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – to the basics. I’ve managed to learn quite a few of the basic cuts and which tool to do what with. Now I’d like to make something on my own – oh the concept of independence. Now the snag. What to make and what wood to use.

I thought I’d try to make one of the scoops we made in class last week to see if I could duplicate it.

As to the wood.

When is wood no longer considered green enough to turn as green wood? For instance I have some walnut root that has been sitting in my drive for about 9 months – some as large as 6” round. In theory if wood dries an inch a year – then this should still be “green wood.” I also have some wood that was cut down about 2-3 years ago that is about 10 -12” diameter.

I know that dried wood, especially kiln dried, is both harder to turn and harder on your tools. But if someone can enlighten me on the “green zone” I’d appreciate the input.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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