Step 3: Dipped and done.

Picture of Dipped and done.
....and so chocolate will be the colour for my 2009 stock of sticks.
Wood will breathe moisture in and out until it has reached equilibrium with the ambient moisture level of the area it's kept in, this can take years after the wood has become seasoned enough to work with. I plan to make tool handles with this stuff, so I'll season the wood at the draughty end of the room where I keep my tools.

Other cool timber to look out for includes...

" Sumac which glows green under a blacklight!
" Ivy, which if it's from an ancient specimen is extremely hard and turns like plastic - very smooth to
work with
" Rose, a shame to see any ancient roses getting dug up, but if you can get hold of the bole and
base stem of an old rose bush, depending on the condition, you'll have some interesting grain.

Again with the grain, fruit trees are usually one variety grafted onto the rootstock of another, if you can get hold of the root ball of a mature tree you'll have some burrs and grain effects.

And of course by treating the choice bits as timber and not firewood you're taking a bit out of the carbon cycle.

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meismeems5 years ago
Ok, maybe this is a dumb question, but how do you know when the timber is ready to be used?
bosherston (author)  meismeems4 years ago
Straight up? There's no guarantee that the timber ( or you ) will not suffer some form of major cleavage!

In ancient Europe you could always spot the woodturners, they had a gouge sticking out of them*

So I give it a minimum of two years seasoning, in a relatively dry cellar, for timber that's not more than 5" diameter - taking it from there - if it doesn't feel right while you're using it, stop and get another piece - or stop altogether, it's your call.

Professionally kiln dried timber is expensive by comparison, yet I've never seen a guarantee from the wood yards that the wood won't split.

Hope this gives you some clarification, please take care - it's your body.

* Ok I made this bit up
seltzer105 years ago
hey question i do a little bit of lathe work and i have people telling me different things some people insist that all natural beeswax will only work the best. others say normal wax will do i see that you did normal wax and it seemed to work i am glad of this because beeswax is expensive it can be $5/lb and up. also in the one pic the red wax was that from little cheeses>? lol thx nice ible
Careful about microwaving a glass jar with wax. It may have wokred whenever you've done it, and I've done it succesfulle before to. But once I was melting wax in a glass jar and it broke, Mom was not happy, and I had a big cleanup job.

Just my 2 cents. Oldanvil