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Cottonwood

April 8 2017 at 5:26 PM
Erv  (no login)

I was offered some big cottonwood logs. Anyone have any experience with it?

 
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TJ Jenkins
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Free is free

April 8 2017, 8:00 PM 

Cottonwood would not be my first, 2nd, third choice, etc choice. But Free is free. Put a good finish on it and it could last for a while. It's heavy with water weight, does not hold sharp detail but ok for most Chainsaw Carved detail. Often has a hollow at least the diameter of a pencil running up the center that can be filled with putty. Smells funny and burns fine when dry.

Cottonwood is a hardwood and used most often for pallets. The center ring can crack in a ring and pop out??? ring shank??
When carving it feels like a homeless women is spitting on you. Not a problem if you already smell homeless. The sawdust does not mix well with drinking water so use a sealed bottle. Other than that. Enjoy the big log.
Tj

 
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Erv
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Re: Free is free

April 9 2017, 4:29 PM 

Thanks so much for the info. It looks like I'll have to add a clothes pin for my nose to my other carving gear. LOL

 
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Rick
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Re: Free is free

April 11 2017, 4:50 AM 

Works well halved or quartered before it dries out and hardens. Left laying to long. Will crack in the growth rings badly and get very hard.

 
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