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JB



Joined: 08 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 20 11:09 am    Post subject: Keeping the bark on wood Reply with quote
    

I've made a number of lamps recently (leds behind sumblimation prints, leds embedded into picture frames and just simple standard lamps) Mrs JB wants to try a variation on this. She wants a table lamp where the upright is a natural branch with the bark still attached.

Does anyone out there know what I could do to treat fresh wood so that it will securely keep the bark on it?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 20 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

choose the right sort of tree

linseed oil by capillary action from the ends and faces might work on a dry but still barked bit, it would lose the natural look if you go for the faces

find a bit that is suitable and pre weathered? just dry it a bit and do the engineering stuff?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 20 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How big a branch, apricot or plum doesn’t really lose its bark

JB



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 20 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

She did not go into details, but big enough that the bark could provide some interesting texture, small enough that it looks like it should hold a light and not be the main support in a cruck house.

I suggested that something more like spalted roots would be better as they would not have bark to lose but she seems set on the idea of the texture of the bark.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 20 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i have a 15" diameter scots pine log that has retained its bark for maybe 5 years while drying from river forage

birch has never fallen off in my log basket

acers split and peel off

prunus are good for retaining bark

blackthorn is very robust thinking about old, chainsaw and bark on cut firewood

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