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Forum topic by LarryDNJR posted 01-24-2010 05:42 AM 1286 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2010 05:42 AM

I am not sure if this is posted in the correct area or not. I was wondering if Pine is acceptable to use with Pen Turning. If it is I was wondering the best way to preserve or prepare a piece of pine log for that purpose later on. I have my Christmas Tree laying in my front yard which I’ve been meaning to take down to the compost facility but before doing that I was thinking of cutting off a foot and half or so from the bottom of the tree to use later for a few Pens. So if Pine is good for that what would be the best way to get this wood ready for that purpose? Thanks!

Columbus, OH

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 06:01 AM

Hey- Great question.

Sure, pine is an acceptable material for pens- it will be very unique, since it was YOUR Christmas tree. Cut off a bunch of that trunk, as much as you want. Find yourself a product called “anchor-seal” It’s a wax emulsion that you paint onto cut ends of logs, to keep them from cracking. Don’t forget to paint it on the ends of the branch cuts too. Let the log sit and dry for some time, at least a year or so. Now go and resaw that log into pen blanks, but be sure to avoid the Pith, (the very center of the tree) it’s super unstable and a one-way trip to negative town. Good Luck- maybe you can make this an annual tradition!

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 06:09 AM

Sounds good, thanks for the quick response. I just might do this then. Of course by the time I get my workshop built and get a mini lathe the wood should be dry and ready to go. LOL

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 06:13 AM

Additionally I like the idea of making this an annual tradition. This being the 1st tree my Wife and Kids went to cut down ourselves at a tree farm not to far from where we live. I think it would be nice to remember it in such a way to make some pens out of it later down the line.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 06:59 AM

Don’t be surprised if it splits along the pith while it is drying.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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