|Forum topic by Brett_M||posted 09-24-2010 05:49 AM||2768 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
09-24-2010 05:49 AM
So I happened to come into ownership of these cherry logs (or so I’m told) from a tree that had been cut down not too long ago. They had been sitting out without their ends sealed so there are cracks on the ends (see pictures).
I don’t have a whole lot of experience in woodworking (I don’t even know if what I have is any good). I would like to keep the logs intact so that I can carve out a small box, shaving brush holder, dish, or whatever I want to make out of single block of wood.
I’ve seen a lot of instruction for milling the wood then air drying it or kiln drying it that way, but very little information on preparing and working with wood in its intact log state.
All the research I’ve done has seemed to create more questions than it has answered. I’m looking for some advice on anything that I may need to know. I don’t even really know where to start. Should l coat the ends with a sealer (latex paint) to prevent further cracking? Or is it too late for that? Should I let these air dry for a while? Or kiln dry? Or just work with ‘green’ wood?
Right now I’m just stuck on preparation, but if you have anything to add as far as project ideas or project advice, I’d really like to hear that as well.