hi all, I have a smashing wee laburnum stave, with a good few kinks ect in it. never worked with this wood before, and I have heard its difficult to dry. I have sealed the ends, the stave is 64" long and 4" down to 3" at the small end. how to dry? and as you can see from the pics, the sap wood is thick. will I need to thin the sapwood down? by the way I know its poisonous!
Big end, 4" diameter, sap wood 3/4" thick
Small end. 3" diameter, sap wood 1" thick
also, any thoughts on the best type of bow with this wood? cheers
its drying well, I ended up taking the bark off, axing it down to very rough dimensions and leaving it on the rafters of the shed. it has behaved itself very well, only one small drying check which will be removed anyway. the sapwood is very thick, so I am working it down to one ring on the back. never done this before and finding it difficult as the colour of the rings is very much the same.
also I dont have a draw knife, so I am working the back down with an axe and a Stanley knife! its taking a while but is a very relaxing thing to do of an evening :-)
finished chasing the ring on the back. went through it once at a knot so I may have to reduce it from the handle on that side. but hope its ok for now.
it feels dry and light, so I don't think there is much moisture left. I have rasped it down in width to what will be the finished size. I'll let it dry a bit more, then I'll have to put in a bend on the lower limb to balance it. it still seems really stiff, any guidelines for thickness in an ELB design? thinning the sap wood has left a nice ratio of sap and hart wood :-)