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

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#1 posted 01-11-2021 10:17 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.

- therealSteveN

The cherry wood is a log about 16” across and 3 feet long. I don’t know how long it was cut before given to me. And I’ve had it 2yrs.
I’ll do what you suggested regarding the blades etc

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