Drying a burl stump for sculpting

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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 02-22-2016 06:30 PM 781 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2016 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: burl stump sculpture carving

How do I do this? Was given a fruitwood (plum) burl stump (2’ x 3’, 160lbs.) The tree was dead two years before being felled recently. Was told by a sawyer that the wood is still technically green. Was thinking of trimming off the smaller roots and bark with a chainsaw to create more of a cylinder for drying.

I have a chance to kiln dry the stump at a local community college. How long will the stump need to be dried in the kiln?

Does anyone have a view on how to go about preparing this wood? Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 05:32 PM

You should ask the people at the kiln. Air drying usually takes a year per inch of wood thickness, but I don’t think you will wait that long!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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