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#1 posted 12-29-2017 07:10 PM

I didn t see it mentioned earlier, but the general rule of thumb is that it takes 1 year per inch of thickness for the wood to dry enough to read the equilibrium point. So…a two foot thick stump, split in half will take 12 years… This is another reason to rough the bowl while green to maybe one inch thickness, then come back after 6 months to a year and finish it. BTW, best to leave outside in a covered area out of the sun/rain/etc. If brought inside, the heat and lower humidity inside will cause the wood to dry too quickly and likely crack.


- ClaudeF

Yeah I’ve heard this too… but I have not found it to be true. It won’t take a log 12 years to dry :-) However it does take along time… I’ve dried logs that are 4” dia in less than 2 years, just letting them sit in my shop… I suppose there are a million variables.

-- Pete

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