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#1 posted 03-26-2013 04:18 PM

Most people like the looks of maple, and the best way to get the figure to stand out is to slice it flat. I cut it into a cant, or square, then choose the nicest opposing sides and slice away on each until I get down toward the center, 2-6” from the pith on either side depending on the size of the log; the I turn an uncut side up and slice top-to-bottom, making thinner boards to go with the larger ones previously cut. I cut thick 1-3” pieces, again according to the size of the log. Logs don’t sell for much, here anyway, but selling it as a log has its advantages as well. It’s kind of like selling an unopened treasure chest, gotta find a buyer willing to take a chance relative to the one you take. If it is indeed very unusual, I’d recommend slicing it up. Sprucegums recommendation of air-drying first is very good, but maple loves to sticker stain so use dryer stickers with light to moderate ventilation if possible; kiln drying would be necessary to get the best money for it, invaluable in my opinion.

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