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How long should I home dry a large oak log for carving? Answered

Hi, I have a large trunk piece  29" in diameter and 5 feet long with the bark still on it.  I want to dry it out for carving on one side and standing it in my yard for a decoration, similar to a totem pole.  How should I dry it and for how long?  Also, I have two pieces about 10" x 29" thick that I want to hand carve into a large bowls. Same question, how long?  And finally, I have coated the ends of the logs with black roofing tar so that the wood will not  having checking. Will this suffice for the smaller cuts as well?

Thanks 

Tom

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steveastrouk

Best Answer 2 years ago

The rule of thumb is 1" of thickness per year, naturally dried.

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Jack A Lopeziceng

Answer 2 years ago

Everything I know about wooden logs, I learned from the jingle for the toy named, "Log", from Blamo(r), from the old "Ren and Stimpy" show.

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Downunder35miceng

Answer 2 years ago

That is also the problem when buying some wood for carving needs.
The grain structure and how it was dried make the price in most cases.
I learned from my grandfather that carving wood is to be stored with the firewood but for at least 2 seasons, really big or thick pieces we dried for up to 5 years before using....

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steveastroukDownunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

As slab, and in a drying "kiln", you can be considerably faster though.