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Forum topic by sbwertz posted 1353 days ago 686 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sbwertz

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1353 days ago

I just split open a pistachio log that is freshly cut.

The heartwood is a lovely pistachio green! I asume it will turn brown with age, like so many of the colored woods, but it surely is pretty now.

I want to make pen blanks from the heartwood. If I cut it into blanks and wax the ends, about how long will it take to dry to the point it can be turned without splitting. Bear in mind that the relative humidity here in Phoenix is under 10% most of the time.

Sharon

-- Sharon, Phoenix


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Knothead62

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#1 posted 1353 days ago

Perhaps others can chime in here. Small pieces, I am told, can be dried in a microwave oven, very carefully so you don’t heat it too much to cause a fire.

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Raftermonkey

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

I’m not sure how long it will take to dry enough to work with, sorry. I do know that pistachio is prone to checking/splitting. I have ruined two bowl blanks in the last six months using the paper bag technique. You will want to slow the drying time down as much as you can. Sorry I’m not much help to your original question.

Zeke

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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