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Drying large dimension wood for sculpture & carving

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Doug Rasmussen, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. Doug Rasmussen

    Doug Rasmussen

    Dec 5, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    It seems wood sculpture is becoming part of the AAW per a recent cover story and gallery photos.

    So my question is how are these large, thick pieces dried to prevent cracking? I know about turning wet wood to over thickness for drying, then re-turning. I've also been led to believe kiln drying only works up to a certain thickness.

    Maybe certain species can be kiln dried in thicker sections? I recently gave a 6" x 6" by 4 foot piece of dry Alaskan yellow cedar to a native carver, that piece (I think) was dimension-ally beyond the kiln drying capacity of most woods.
  2. charlie knighton

    charlie knighton

    Jan 20, 2006
    I would look for large maple.....4' to 5' wide...quarter it and go from there.....if you want it dry put it off ground and in shade....probably take @ least 2 years before working....you sometimes can find that large of cherry but not much chance of large piece not cracking......suggest you drive big S in ends for support......Do not think large piece can successfully be anchorsealed......problem.....probably take 2 years to see if it would work.....easy to find oak in size if you want a challenge to carve......will be interested following thread and opinions

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