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Posted on When is wood,not considered green anymore???

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#1 posted 01-11-2021 09:44 PM

Many hand tools come to the user pretty dull, so if you haven’t set a good edge to them I would suggest that as a possible step.

A lot of hand carving of spoons and such is done on green wood. Your Cherry has been outside in your drive for 2 years. But you don’t say how thick it is? Much wood is pretty air dried at 1 year per inch. Plus you don’t mention if that Cherry came from a tree just fallen, or did it just come to you, where possibly it’s been drying a long time?

Maybe find a 2×4 from the borg, and try it out against your tools. Most “kiln dried” 2×4’s are still plenty wet enough to be close to green wood, and softwoods are infinitely easier to carve than hard, even though Cherry is a lightweight of “hardwoods”

That would allow you to gauge the cutting edges, and see if they just don’t need a good sharpening.

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