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Preserving Green Wood


What is the most effective way to preserve green wood for turning? Does it vary with species? Which is best – which is worst. I’ve used Anchor Seal on whole logs and on logs cut thru the pith but less than 50% of my logs are usable. — Tony Immorlica


Ken Keoughan replies: Cut it into turning blanks and double-coat each blank with Anchor Seal. Remove the pith before sealing. If you want to preserve a whole log, Anchor Seal the end grain (double coat), and any open cuts such as where a branch might have been cut off. Maple, cherry and ash are all pretty stable. Birch is not. Do not coat the whole log with Anchor Seal unless your wife is a direct descendant of “Old Man Seal.”

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