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    Chestnut

    Have an offer of some fresh chestnut as a fellow is trimming the top and some branches off his chest nut tree. How is chestnut for turning? is it better to turn fresh or to dry it out first and how long does it take to air dry?
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    Chestnut turns very well, but you do need to inspect it closely before turning. It has a tendency to separate between the rings and can cause havoc at the lathe. good luck........Tony

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    Thanks for the advice Tony. I picked up a few good chunks from the tree today. I could have gotten lots more but thought I would be reserved about it as i have never turned it before. No point getting lots of stuff that might turn out to be a waste of time. I watched the fellow make one cut and the water just started to pour out of the tree like a hose was turned on. Very wet wood. I was given the remainder of a can of ??? (no name on it) by one of the guild members but I used it all up. I picked up some log sealer from LV today to see how it works ( seems to be ok). Any advise on a good sealer? Is there any other option other than buying sealer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    Is there any other option other than buying sealer?
    latex paint, parafin.
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    Drew, I think most of us are using a wax-based emulsion like Anchor Seal for sealing green wood. In a pinch, you can also use latex paint. (We all seem to have an old can or two of some funky '80s-era mauve paint hiding in the shop.) Although it's probably not as effective as Anchor Seal, a couple coats of latex can provide some protection.
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    I did try the latex paint on a few chunks of oak ( to give it a try and it still split) Where do you find anchor seal in Canada (west coast) ?
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    I bought a gallon of this from Rockler's several years ago. Works good.
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    Drew, I have used both Anchorseal and the Green Wood End Sealer that Don speaks of. Both of them have worked great so far. Can you get either of those where you live?

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    I found an old post on another Forum that asked the same question and they say that Cloverdale paints here sell a similar product. I will go pay them a visit tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for the help and advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    I bought a gallon of this from Rockler's several years ago. Works good.
    That's essentially the same stuff as Anchor Seal. After going through a couple gallons of the Rockler stuff my first year, I bought a 5-gallon bucket of Craft Supplies' version. (Looks like they only sell in quarts and gallons now.) I'm about 2/3 of the way through the bucket now. I've been tending to turn most of my green wood fairly soon after getting it, so I've not been using as much sealer lately as I have in the past. (It also helps that I've had several hauls of nearly dry wood in the past year or so than didn't really need any sealant.)
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