Paper Birch

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Jeff Eckrich, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Jeff Eckrich

    Jeff Eckrich

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    I have been sealing some white birch up at my cottage in nothern wisconsin.
    Having seen birch rott from the inside i removed all the bark and sealed the logs with latex primer ends and sides.
    Has anyone worked with white birch and if so how did you seal it and what was the results.
    I have birch comming out of my you know what and do not want to waste time not sealing it properly.
    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. Ian Thorn

    Ian Thorn

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    Wet turn it, it will dry quicker
     
  3. MichaelMouse

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    Troubled by the term "log." While I normally advocate keeping wood in log form, birch and beech, with their waterproof bark, do spalt pretty rapidly. If you peeled it, get it split up the middle so the inside won't cause the outside to split radially. Store split side up just a bit off the ground and under cover.

    Best answer is to Turn, Dry, Turn. Get most of the non-bowl stuff out of the way now. The result dries faster and picks up less discoloration. Once winter sets in, you're good 'til spring with no peeling or sealing. Just turn it by end of May.
     

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