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Scott1965

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01-11-2021 09:21 PM

I did a search here,but didn’t quite find what I was looking for…

I live in Rhode Island…mentioning that for humidity issues…
I have a piece of cherry about 3ft long and about 16” across…
It’s been out side in my drive way for about two years.

I quartered half of it and started to rough out a spoon shape.
Upon attempting to carve it,it seems like it may be too dry or my tools need sharpening. They are brand new flexCut palm chisels ,hook knife and Mora knives…it seemed to be much more ( for lack of a better term) effort than it seemed when watching vids..

Suggestions please..

Thank you


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therealSteveN

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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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Scott1965

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#2 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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Madmark2

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 11:37 PM

1yr per inch of thickness for stickered, protected, air drying, is the rule of thumb.

Just what is this, a whole log, split log, slabbed log, bark on or off.

Was it protected during storage, was it stickered, was it in an attic?

When was it felled?

All of the above impact drying rate. Get a moisture meter and measure.

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#4 posted 01-11-2021 11:45 PM

@MadMark2

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

- Scott1965

Bark on ..sitting in the elements in my driveway.
Thank you.

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