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Forum topic by Sharpie posted 06-28-2014 01:50 AM 1112 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2014 01:50 AM

My wife would like me make some rounds out of Black Locust for a project (see below.) She likes the look with the bark on, my question is will the bark be stable when it dries. The wood is green, if I treat it with Penetrol and/or shellac or varnish will the bark hang in there? The rounds will be hung from a CNC routed board like the first one I made for my wife, she used slate for that one. It will be kept indoors.

Here’s a few rounds some treated with oil, one has the bark sanded off.

Here is the last project using slate instead of the rounds.

I have a couple of weeks to get this done…so no big rush!!


-- Steve B

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#1 posted 06-28-2014 03:46 PM

Maybe this will help.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 06-28-2014 03:56 PM

Thanks, that was a help. If I use a smaller maple branch there’s not much bark to deal with. Will see how it goes.

-- Steve B

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#3 posted 06-28-2014 04:37 PM

I think rounds harvested in the winter will retain their bark much better than ones cut in the summer as there will be no sap in the phloem in the winter. Once the water evaporates from the phloem in summer wood the bark will slip.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 12:46 AM

I agree with Bondo. Bark will stay tight when the rounds are cut when the tree is dormant. So, winter is the time to cut them.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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