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#1 posted 08-29-2018 06:31 PM

If the wood is kiln-dried or has been air-dried for several years, it won’t help much, particularly harder woods such as maple and cherry. What some carvers do is to spray a 50-50 mix of alcohol and water on the wood and let it soak in for a minute or so, then they carve a bit. The alcohol helps penetrate the wood, but it doesn’t go very deep. Most carvers us Isopropal (rubbing) alcohol. If you use vodka instead, you can spritz the wood, then a spray in your mouth… :) Obviously, don’t spray rubbing alcohol or methanol in your mouth…

Another option with well-dried harder wood is to use power tools for the carving: Fordom/WeCheer/Dremel or angle grinders.



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