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Forum topic by BradN posted 05-03-2017 05:27 PM 352 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BradN

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05-03-2017 05:27 PM

I am making a card drop for my daughters wedding. The finished log will be 15” high by 12+” diameter and made from a Sweetgum log.

The log was fresh cut when I started last week, and the wedding is in a month. So I don’t have much time.

What I need to know is what can I do to dry the log as much as possible and keep the bark intact. The wall on the exterior is about an inch.

Thanks for the help

-- Woodworking is the best therapy


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#1 posted 05-03-2017 05:30 PM

Wrap the bark in tight wet paper and twine and put a small ember fire in the middle of the hollow and flip it over in about 6hrs.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#2 posted 05-03-2017 05:48 PM

Is the wet paper on the outside to preserve the bark?

-- Woodworking is the best therapy

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#3 posted 05-03-2017 08:23 PM

Yes. Don’t exactly know the processes that are going on in the bark. This is the technique my uncle used when he made these things. He hollowed them out with out using a band saw however so I don’t know how that cut will effect things. He then painted the outside with varnish when he was done.
Now mind you I was only 12yrs old when I helped(watched) him do this. Don’t get too big a pile of embers

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#4 posted 05-03-2017 08:37 PM

While your wife’s away, put it in the conventional oven on very low temp… A few hours should do it…

Good Luck!

Herb

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#5 posted 05-03-2017 09:46 PM

I thought of the oven idea, but somehow she always finds these things out.

Thanks

-- Woodworking is the best therapy

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