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As the wood turns

1228 days ago by BlueHatMan | 3 comments »

Djema dumps logs in my driveway from time to time. She’s foreman on a San Francisco city crew maintaining highway medians. Any time there’s a big blow I can expect Djema to show up in her battered pickup truck with fresh sections of cypress, yew, sometimes cherry and dogwood and the like. Green wood. So heavy I can barely budge it. And yet Djema simply hefts the logs and tosses them off her truck like an afterthought. I paint the ends of the logs with a waxy sealant that slows down the drying process. Wood loses moisture content most quickly from the outer layers, most slowly from within. The tension between the two leads to cracks, or checking. Cracks don’t lend themselves to succ...

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