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Author Topic: Cherry Burl.....should I dry and if so how?  (Read 260 times)

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Offline tuckerolson

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Cherry Burl.....should I dry and if so how?
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:47:03 pm »
So I cut an awesome cherry burl about the size of a beach ball off of a tree that was getting cut to clear land and I would like to make a bowl out of it.  I was hoping for some advice on how to dry it or if I even should before I start carving away on this thing.  Thanks for any help!

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Re: Cherry Burl.....should I dry and if so how?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2017, 08:01:34 pm »
Dry it slow, outside, under a shed.  You might consider wrapping it in several layers of newspaper to slow the drying.  Fast drying will crack it.  If you bring it inside, it will dry too fast and will likely split and crack.  Slow wins the race. 
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Re: Cherry Burl.....should I dry and if so how?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017, 10:44:32 pm »
Wanting a bowl says turning to me.  If that is the case I suggest you turn it green to about 10% of desired size, then put it in a brown paper bag with shavings. Let it dry for at least 3 months.
With something that size you should really consider using a McNaughton corer (or similar). That way you would get several bowls from this burl. 

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