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11-05-2012 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine carving tool question arts and crafts

I recently had a 35 year old tree fall down during a storm. It was a beautiful 75 foot weeping pine. I had someone save me about a 4 inch piece of the bark, I was hoping to carve something into it, such as the date and rest it outside in our landscaping somewhere. It was cut yesterday and is sitting outside in about 45 degree weather. If anyone could help me out and give me a quick guide on how to go about this project, such as drying time, what to use to carve, finishing tips i would appreciate it, i have been having a hard time finding into for this online. Our neighbors grandmother had planted the tree ,so we though it would be nice to keep a small part of it for years to come.I don’t have much experience with wood caring so expert advice would be great!

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 02:32 AM

Anj, there is not enough information given for me to be helpful.

” me about a 4 in piece of the bark,...” So you only have a piece of bark?

If on the other hand you have a 4” piece of trunk, then you have something to work with. If you are skilled with a router, you could carve what you want using a 90 or 60 degree veining cutter. Cutting into end grain you don’t have a lot of grain induced pull. Cutting end grain with a gouge is OK if you have exceptionally sharp gouges. You might be able to stamp out what you want with a hammer and punch like a screw driver. Pretty crude. Or if you know of someone with a sand blaster, you could cut the mask and let them blast it. A grave marker supplier is so equipped.

I you are concerned about preserving this trunk slice, then there are several options. First, if you can replace the moisture in the wood with something permanent, then it won’t shrink and split. The only guaranteed successful process I know about is soaking it in polyethylene glycol, a lengthy process of several months where mold becomes an issue. Secondly, you can put several coats of finish on both sides of the trunk slice, but this will not prevent the splitting that will eventually occur, just delay it a little. You could encase the whole thing in epoxy plastic so the moisture is permanently trapped, no splitting for a very long time. You could pre-empt the splitting with three radial cuts (think band saw) and when the wood dries the cuts will open up instead of splitting unpredictably.
Just a few thoughts.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 02:33 AM

Doh! Welcome to LJ!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 04:24 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

It’s unclear if you just have some bark or the entire tree. Of course I would prefer the entire tree! Many ways to do carving by either manual or power means.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 04:34 AM

if you have a big honking piece, maybe a bark house
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