Monday, April 4, 2011

Whittlin Harmony #5 Whittlin Wood

You ever grill up a nice lookin steak only to find it tough? Well, don't be surprised if you pick up a nice looking piece of Basswood, only to find it too hard, or too soft. What to do when this happens? Personally, with the steak, I just cut it up into smaller pieces and chew the crap out of it. But with Basswood, when I come across a piece that is not the way I like it, I throw it into a box for other uses at another time; like when I am compeletly out of wood to whittle/carve. Remember, time is short and whittlin is supposed to be fun. There's no sense in fightin a hard or stringy piece of Basswood. Even from the best suppliers you may get a bum piece of Basswood.


Bob Easton said...

There's another option that I've used from time to time and it works pretty well.

Find an old spray bottle (something like Windex). Mix up a 50-50 mixture of water and alcohol (either medicinal or paint supply kind - not the kind one drinks). Spray the tough wood liberally and close it up in a plastic bag overnight. Tomorrow, you'll have a tender piece.

Tom H said...

Thanks Bob for the addition! Sounds like ADOLPHS MEAT TENDERIZER for wood....I know it works, I've just never tried it.