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    I've never really done any carving or whittling but at the side of the road yesterday picked up a number of small pieces of yellow cedar that had split off a log recently cut. I'm talking an inch or so square by 6 inches long. How can I keep them from drying out until I get around to putting the knife to them? Will they go mouldy in a zip lock? Should I put them in the freezer? Should I put water in the bag?
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    Re: Keeping green wood green?

    Cover the endgrain with a sealer - anything from paint to wax to Anchorseal.
    Pentacryl is expensive but can be used when working with a piece but have to leave it to come back later. I have used it occasionally.
    Both available at LV.

    "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
    'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
    John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher


    • #3

      Re: Keeping green wood green?

      And end grain sealer will slow the drying, but to keep it green, I think your best bet is to submerge it in water.
      Chris Wong

      If you have a hard time getting things perfectly level, maybe you need a First Guess Gravity Gauge.


      • #4

        Re: Keeping green wood green?

        I have some Pentacryl and have used it in the past to keep a burl from cracking as it dries. I think in this case I'll try Chris' suggestion of keeping the pieces in water.

        Thanks guys.