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Project by gavinzagreb posted 03-27-2012 03:59 PM 1854 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First I apologize to anyone who doesn’t think this should be on the projects page. It is however a finished project and it is obviously made of wood. Rather simple as it may be.
It’s a bad photo taken in fading light so it’s hard to see that I power carved the top slightly convex and i rounded over the edges.
A vacant lot near my workshop had all the trees cut down last week and I’ve been waiting to see what they were going to do with them. Nothing it seems. As I passed today i noticed they were chopping them into smaller logs and i asked what the plan was. They were clearing the land for building and the wood would either be burnt or taken to land fill. Scored some oak logs and some of what ever this one in the picture is. It is kind of hard to tell what kind of tree when it’s all in bits and has no foliage. I’m thinking Birch from the bark but I don’t really know.

A question.
Is there a clear coat of some sort i can put on these after the carving that will reduce cracking as they dry ?
Another question.
If it is Birch, has anyone here made anything from Birch bark ?
I know it was used for canoes.

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 06:27 PM

Nice job, simple perhaps but a nice effect with the bark edge.

There are a number of things you can do to stabilize the wood. That said, totally eliminating checks (cracks) in logs is very difficult. Anchor seal is a brand name of wax emulsion, which you slop on the exposed surface in whatever amount the wood will absorb. I have also seen wood turners paint on melted parafin wax to coat the wood. The idea is to slow down the drying process to a crawl. I think with your totally green log this will take several years, minimum! An alternative is to split the log completely down one side near to the centre, giving room for the outer growth rings to contract.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 06:45 PM

Looks finished to me. Nice thought. Waste nothing.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 06:46 PM

Thanks for the tips. I don’t expect it to end up totally crack free, I’m all for some faults in wood. I just don’t want these logs to seriously split. Wax sounds like a good idea.
If I get large cracks I’ll take it as a chance to try my hand with some contrasting bow tie inserts.

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 09:19 PM

Yup, it qualifies … and for all its simplicity… a nice piece..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 10:19 PM

probably gonna get a crack. So what. turn the crack to the wall. Sure looks finished to me. Very Zen. One point, if the trees were cut when the sap was running,the bark will most likely come off. I’ve taken pieces with bark and sanded off the first layer of bark. When you put a finish on this layer it is quite beautiful. I know wood carvers who do large pieces out of green wood and they just put lots of finish on. This works pretty good unless you have low humidity,then not much works. This is why I get all my wood off the beach. It’s already cracked where it will and I can work around it.

-- [email protected],the best teacher is repetition.

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 01:12 AM

You saved it from landfill that counts as a plus in my book. And as far as I can tell it looks finished to me.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 10:03 AM

Today I’m not in the shop, so doing little things around the house.
I smothered the log in teak oil and took some better shots. It lost the silvery bark look but i like the green better.

Marty, I’m all for saving wood from landfill and fires ! I figure if you have to cut down a tree, then you should at least do something useful with it.

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