|Forum topic by mmh||posted 10-23-2008 07:58 AM||1823 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-23-2008 07:58 AM
I am eyeing the Maple crotch log that my husband and I harvested from curbside. It was cut 2 yrs. ago and because it was on the dirt, it became innoculated with a white fan fungus. I tried killing the fungus with rubbing alcohol but this only stimulated it. It is now elevated on a concrete paver so the fungus is drying up, but I am sure it is quite spalted inside.
I am interested in making a bench, chair or sculpture out of it as since it’s spalted it would need to be hefty to be strong.
My question is: When should I consider working on the log? Green or dry? If green, how do I keep it from checking? Do I need to coat it with Anchorseal after I initially carve it? Then come back and finish it when dry? Or do I wait until it’s dry and hard to start my project? It’s sitting next to the porch steps as that’s as far as we had the energy to roll it. It was number 12 of 12 logs we hauled home that day. See blog “Can You Pass By A Pile of Wood Without Stopping?”: http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/mmh/blog/6228
I was considering using power and hand tools. What would you suggest?
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