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Drying a Cherry Limb
Feb 19th, 2017 at 2:35pm
 
I found a wild cherry limb while walking.It had a nice twist in it like some make walking sticks out of.It is 2" to 3" in dia.I cut it at least a foot longer than needed on both ends. I sealed the ends with anchor seal and was wondering what else to do to try to prevent it from splitting. (Hopefullly)

Shoulds I leave the bark on??  Should I wrap it in plastic???
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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #1 - Feb 19th, 2017 at 8:20pm
 
2-3" diameter sounds like a lot of wood for a walking stick.  Are you wanting to keep it this diameter, or hoping to make 2 or more smaller diameter walking sticks from the branch?
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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #2 - Feb 20th, 2017 at 6:52pm
 

Mike --  Limbs commonly have the pith off center with thicker compression wood below the pith and thinner tension wood above the pith.   The pith is the center of radial checking.   The compression wood is sometimes called reaction wood and can move a lot when "unloaded".

Some days I can bandsaw split the limb through the pith -- generally going for sawing on the "neutral axis" between tension and compression wood (across the sides of the limb).   I have seen better odds of keeping the wood from splitting that way.   The compression/reaction wood can do funny things - so no guarantees.


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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #3 - Feb 20th, 2017 at 8:06pm
 
It was just an interesting piece I couldnt pass up!! I may bandsaw it...In that case if it goes well it might become a flute !!
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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #4 - Feb 21st, 2017 at 7:54pm
 
It might be less likely to crack if separated through the pith into two or more pieces.  With a froe and brake some people have good luck simply splitting, and thus following the grain.  Alternatively one could simply saw in two on a bandsaw.  Either approach would allow the wood to shrink along the growth rings as it dries, reducing the need to relieve shrinkage stress by cracking.
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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #5 - Feb 22nd, 2017 at 4:12am
 
Yes.I probably will saw it in two with the bandsaw. Since Im a flutemaker when I split this I may turn this into a flute....Have to see about that idea...Thanks !!
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Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2017 at 8:57am
 
Mike Turner wrote on Feb 22nd, 2017 at 4:12am:
Yes.I probably will saw it in two with the bandsaw. Since Im a flutemaker when I split this I may turn this into a flute....Have to see about that idea...Thanks !!


Two flutes!
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Re: Drying a Cherry Limb
Reply #7 - Feb 23rd, 2017 at 5:48pm
 
Let it dry   for  1  year  at least.....
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