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whitehawk

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01-15-2021 05:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wisteria interior design natural look furniture organic root furniture

Hi there

I have salvaged a huge piece of wisteria. 6 inches diameter 6 ft tall plus. I’d like to dry it and protect it .. and keep it as one piece and incorporate into a threshold maybe .. any ideas of how best to dry and what’s best to use to seal/protect it bark on. ??

Wishing y’all many thanks and a great 2021!


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 01-15-2021 06:02 AM

Are you saying you want to use it as a log? If you plan to cut it into boards at some point it is better to do that now. I don’t know anything about wisteria but logs in general will crack worse in log form and they will take much longer to dry too. Provide a little more info about what you would like to do with it.

Paint a thick coating on the end to reduce cracking, Anchorseal works great and the Rockler green wood sealer is the same stuff for much less.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 01-15-2021 12:52 PM

Google Woodweb. It is a huge forum, database with a heavy influence toward those who cut down, and then manage all forms of things wood like. They may well have a Wisteria forum buried deep inside of their knowledge base.

Some of the arborist types there could probably get you some good answers if you don’t get many absolutes here. I think you best answers may well come from them, as I have been buying wood, lumber, and sheet goods for a long time and can’t remember ever seeing Wisteria being sold, either whole, or as lumber.

Best of luck, if you get something made with it, post a pic.

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 01-15-2021 03:20 PM

Or search Lumberjocks. There are a couple of forum topics and projects listed here.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 01-15-2021 04:25 PM

As they said above, paint the ends to keep it from splitting. Air drying usually takes a year per inch of thickness and that usually applies to boards where the surfaces are exposed. Wisteria has a very pretty color and grain, at least the piece I cut down did. The bark is still on one carving I did, not very thick and seems to stay tightly attached. Just keep it some place dry, where air can circulate around it.

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#5 posted 01-15-2021 05:50 PM

https://www.lumberjocks.com/mpounders/blog/30725

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whitehawk

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#6 posted 01-17-2021 02:57 PM

Handy suggestions thank you, ill check out woodweb too ..

Want to keep it as much as one piece original .. beautiful art ..

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