|Forum topic by rodb||posted 05-29-2010 05:03 PM||1208 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-29-2010 05:03 PM
I have been a wood sculpture for many years. I have worked in both soft and hard woods. Most of my projects lately have been in exotic woods such as Purple Heart and African mahogany. I carve mostly with a Dremel tool with a high speed cutter. There are times when I will hit a patch of wood, some times a large one sometimes very small one, which is either very, very hard or very soft. I can understand the hard patches being a knot. Why are there soft patches? Are these changes in the growth patterns of the trees or is there something else happening here? Is there any way to tell these areas before I start to work?
Any answers would be appreciated.