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#1 posted 10-13-2020 01:33 PM

The problem with using a slab that includes the center of the tree is that the juvenile wood at the center is likely to crack and warp. If possible, you would be better off finding a slab that does not include any of the first 10 or so years (rings) of growth. Juvenile wood at the center of the tree shrinks and swells at a higher rate than mature wood and is what causes the worst cracking and warping in wood. Assuming it will be displayed vertically and not in contact with the soil, it will be much more durable than say a table top, especially if it is protected from direct sun and doesn’t have frequent wet and dry cycles. Also, with it going outside, you probably don’t need it to be kiln dried so you might check on Craigs list or FB Marketplace for local sawmill or even just a guy with a mill selling slabs and see if they can cut you exactly what you want. It is likely to be cheaper than a lumber yard. Air dried wood may be easier to carve as well.

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