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Drying European Olive Wood for Flute Making (Read 121 times)
 
Mike Turner
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Drying European Olive Wood for Flute Making
Jun 3rd, 2017 at 7:47pm
 
I recently got some European olive wood. I am a flutemaker.These were still somewhat green.They were waxed when I got them.They were for the most 1 3/4" square by 32" long.....4 pieces of them.......Two of them I bored a 3/4" hole from one end to the other.I turned them until they were round which left the walls of the flute about 1/2" think.This was left thick and will be turned to flute size after it dries more...I anchor sealed them and  one i covered in sawdust in a long rectangular flower pot the other one I just wrapped a little paper bag around it...totally experimenting....The guy I got the wood from said this is an oily wood and not sure about moisture content in this wood...I have dried a bunch of green bowls of different woods and a few flute blanks...Only had one endgrain turned oak bowl that literally cracked into four pieces...very hard oak..Had a green oak flute blank that the end warped on but I did salvage it....I dont use a lot of oak.. Any suggestions on any part of this.? Ever use this wood for anything before? If I succeed in making some flutes from it I will post a pic! On some parts of the blanks I get a mc reading from 9 to 13 % others no reading...a cheap Lowes meter
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