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#1 posted 02-20-2017 09:36 PM

Cutting to rough size and sealing end grain is correct. This will allow the wood to dry a lot faster than the whole log will. Carving green will remove more wood and allow even quicker drying but you will have some shrinkage in the pieces so you can’t carve all the way to finished size. Seal the ends to slow the drying process and prevent checking or splitting but if you try and seal the whole pieces, ends and sides you will lock in the moisture and possibly rot the wood before drying it.

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