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Any value in > 500 year old 18" diameter D Fir roots for carving

Discussion in 'Wood Carving & Turning' started by ArtB, Jul 6, 2019.

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    ArtB ArboristSite Operative

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    How best to prepare/preserve once dug up ?
     
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    Just curious, if that one root is 18", how big was the whole stump?
     
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    'bout 11 ft dbh
     
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    My best guess is just like regular wood. Seal the openings, cuts at ends and branches. Except once dried it should be boiled 1 hour for the smallest dimension.
    That idea comes from a company which makes bowls from burls and other erratic grained pieces. They claim no explosions on their lathes after the boil takes out the tensions that naturally occur.
     
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    Good suggestions, can fit in a 55 gal bbl to boil maybe. wrap with rockwool or fiberglas insulation, throw in a couple of water heater elemnet.
     

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