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Subject:
Re: oak
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Re: oak *LINK* ()

Warren in Lancaster, PA
I talked to Peter Follansbee about this in 2007. He tends to rough out the pieces in a rather wet condition, then lets them dry for a while then planes them, then more drying before carving.

If you carve wet oak, it leaves black iron tannate stains on the wood. If you plane or turn wet oak the work is easier, but the surface is not great. However if you plane it, then let it dry for a day or two, it is dry enough on the surface to do a much better planing job. As long as you don't go too deep.

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