In the process of collecting firewood for this year I have come across a
potentially nice burl in a large piece of Juniper. The tree looks to be
about 400 or so years old and has a rather gnarled, bulged out section
in the main trunk. I cut this section away and left about a foot of wood
at each end.
I know it will eventually crack, but what I'd like to do is to cut it up
now into pieces that will not crack. What do I need to do? The biggest
thing I can imagine making is maybe a few turnings with 8" of diameter
at most. Should I chain saw it up into 10" blocks (10"x10"x6") or so
(trunk is about 24" dia)? I don't have a bandsaw (yet) so the chain saw
is the only option, I don't mind the waste. If my target block size is
ok, what do I do after they have been cut to keep them from cracking? I
don't plan on using them for a number of years so fast drying is not
needed. Should I just paint them (as with dimensioned lumber endgrain)
or maybe coat the surfaces in thick wax....
If you dont plan on using them for a few years - Id either leave it on the
tree - if you cut them off already -get some anchorseal - cut them into
blocks - and coat the entire thing.
Store them in a cool dry place.
The trunk is still intact, but other similar year old chunks I have are
splitting so I think I need to do something now or I'll have to make do
with the sections without splits later on.
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