This is from the olive haul I got almost a year ago for free from some tree trimmers. Early this month, in the mood for some more resawing, I cut up another of the logs into blanks around the insane amount of checking.
I’ve probably heard every trick now to keeping wood from splitting – freezing, microwaving, alcohol dipping, Anchorseal, storing in a bag of shavings after turning, filling cracks with coffee grounds or wood dust and thin CA glue – I’ve tried many of them, and simply nothing keeps olive from cracking all throughout if it wants to, and too much of it wants to. The trimmers also threw every log over an ~8’ tall iron fence onto a hard sidewalk when giving it to me – there was no other way to get it over the fence – so that may have also introduced micro-fractures all through the wood. I simply don’t know. I just know this stuff splits like a shattered window. Oh, and I even tried cutting a round from a ~6” log and surrounding it with a band clamp tightened as hard as it would go. It bulged into a dome and still split open like Pac Man overnight :(
Anyway… I got a bunch of smaller stuff in the bottle stopper blank range out of this log, but one larger, check-free length was just gorgeous. I thought I’d finally get around to sharing some pics:
You can see the rest of the less interesting blanks in this previous entry, or dominating the middle shelf here:
It’ll probably be quite awhile before I figure out exactly what I want to turn out of it, and until then it’ll be air drying through its Anchorseal up on the shelf, as it has been most of the past month.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator