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Have any of you guys ever used this green wood stabilizer?

If so, how effective is it?

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I watched a video on you tube "carving a Woodspirit on a walking stick by Alan Goodman. The carving is done on Green Popular and when completed he useses Pentacryl as a brush on to stabilse the green wood to prevent splitting.
 

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there are numerous YouTube videos on that stuff!!!

WOW! In 30+ years woodworking I'd never heard about it until my brother asked via email yesterday

Looks like it works

Thanks guys - you always come through!

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I've used it on the first dozen or more sticks that I cut that weren't already cured. I bought some schedule 40, 5-inch diameter PVC, glued an end cap on the base, and bought a gallon of (expensive) pentacryl at Woodcraft. I placed the PVC tube in a 5-gal. bucket, and screwed an anchor into the sheetrock wall in the garage. Then I secured the top of the tube to the anchor.

I did not conduct any controlled experiments, to compare an stick cut from the same wood under the same conditions, with and without pentacryl treatment.

I left sticks in the pentacryl for a minimum of a month. I can't comment on whether that was appropriate. None of those sticks that I kept or gave to my wife have cracked. I haven't checked with family members regarding their sticks.

Overall, I think the pentacryl likely reduced the shrinkage cracking for the red cedar and several oak sticks.
 

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Only thing that I know about it is that some of those lumber companies that reclaim old logs from rivers and lakes use it to remove the moisture from the timber. I guess if it works on 50 to 100 year old logs it should work on some sticks! Of course they can afford it!
 
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