|The big white oak, as you can see it has begun to split by itself.|
|Previously split and rived pieces I uncovered.|
|Shavehorse doing double duty as a saw bench.|
|Enough roughed out parts for uppers of three kids Sack Back Windsors plus some spare spindles. The pile on the far left is the only waste from the riving process.|
|Two arm/bow pieces with a bit of curve in the grain.|
Since the moisture reading was 18% I decided I was going to soak these pieces in water for a few days before working with them. I want to give myself the best chance at making successful bends. I also want to see, if after rehydrating, the spindle pieces are any easier to carve than they would be at 18% EMC. After 3-4 days I will remove one of the largest and smallest pieces and take more readings. If I am able to get a spindle to 25% I will carve it and see how the piece responds. I am hopeful to get the arm/bow pieces to at least 50%. I don't know this is all an experiment on my part. I will be posting my not so scientific findings when I find them.
|Pieces ready to be rehydrated in a freshly cleaned trash container.|
I followed Pete Galbert's advice and sealed the ends of every piece with Anchor Seal. After allowing them to dry for a few hours I placed all of the pieces into the trash container and filled it with water. As luck would have it I discovered a few holes in my rehydration device. I have since sealed them with silicone and am waiting on it to dry while I make this post.
One problem, which I'm sure you have already figured out, is wood is buoyant and will not stay submerged unless it is weighted down. I did think of this however, I figured I would "stir" the pieces every day, hopefully entrapping the floaters under the already submerged pieces, causing them to become floaters. I did put a clamp on the hinged lid so as to keep a family member from blindly tossing a bag of garbage into my floating punji sticks resulting in something very nasty.
~ Ray Schwanenberger