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#1 posted 08-06-2017 06:44 PM

Never heard of David Fisher, mostly turn wood so looked him up he has a great web site with lots of info.

While have watch demo of this being done before really enjoyed his video and no sandpaper used. Wish could get an off the tool finish with my wood turned bowls.

metrophexchl, moisture content of newly felled tree can vary with the seasons. Talking about sap running and sap not runnig unless have very expensive moisture meter will not even get a ball park reading. Still have to end seal to prevent end checking or start carving right away and take the risk of splitting. End sealing slows down the drying/shrinking process a little but won’t stop it. Logs will lose moisture from end of logs much faster than thru sides that is why end sealing is important. Wood dries from the outside in basically from evaporation.

Splitting a log and removingg the pith helps dry logs little faster because reducing amount of wood needing drying.

Three ways hobbist can measure moisture content are by feel, weighing on a scale or moisture meter.

If you take on this challenge wish you good luck!

- Wildwood

Wow. great info. I never would have imagined that there was enough moisture n wood that you could actually weigh it to determine differences in moisture content. Look forward to checking out those websites.

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