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carving with cedar
wiredgriff
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Posted: 2009-08-12 05:40 am   Permalink

After i remove the bark from my cedar logs, i have about 3/4 of an inch of real wet would. should i be removing that before i start carving. if so how do you all do that.

 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2009-08-12 06:15 am   Permalink

Hmmm.... I would probably just let it dry out some more. Is it mushy or anything like that? Or just wet?


 
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PutiTiki
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Posted: 2009-08-12 06:21 am   Permalink

I have two 4 foot 10" diameter white cedar logs in my garage. I let them dry out but they cracked and split a lot so just be ready for see that beautiful wood splinter all over if you decide to let it go bone dry before carving.

 
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wiredgriff
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Posted: 2009-08-12 07:10 am   Permalink

http://tikiroom.com/img/11072x4a80b095.jpg

This is my second tiki, and just under the bark it is wet, not mushy. Can wait to dry, must carve, carve, carve.

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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2009-08-12 09:40 am   Permalink

Looks great for tiki # 2, Keep going. If your wet wood is freshly cut it Will check a lot (crack)and if you just let it dry on its own it will check a lot too. What you need to do is SLOW the moisture escaping by painting the ends with paint, wax or other stuff made for the purpose. I found latex paint works well, then just wait a year or two works great, in the meantime go find some logs already dry .

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