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Re: Drying a tree slice
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Barry Irby
I think the theory behind the "donut hole" is that the outer rings dry faster than the center ones in a log and try to shrink while the wet inner ones stay full size. In this case I don't think the same is true. It could dry uniformly, but since the outer circumference is larger it may shrink more. I don't think removing the plug will hurt anything.

One way people do this is to slice into the center and let it crack. Then they take a carefully matched slice of (redwood) pie out of the other piece and fit it into the wedge. Done really well its pretty good. Still visible but not as objectionable as a crack.

This of course will probably ruin your other piece. But not necessarily. You may be able to cut it in two, straighten the edges and put it back together even if you get an oval.

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