11-20-2010, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
There is a real risk using wood/braches from outside. But it can be done.
First, use only hardwood, like oak. Never, never use conifers (pine, spruce, cedar...), their "sap" is toxic and they will very quickly rot.
The wood must be completely dry and dead. Never cut branches from a tree unless you plan on drying them totally. Natural drying is best but it takes time; I suppose oven drying may work, but I've no idea how long it requires. The point is that the wood must have absolutely no sap in it.
Collect it from a site where it would not have been exposed to toxins--chemicals, oils, fertilizers, insecticides, etc.
Remove all bark.
Once completely dry, it can be boiled and waterlogged, or it will require holding down somehow until it is waterlogged. Using wood from a stream or lake that is waterlogged solves the drying/waterlogging problem, but this must be thoroughly boiled to kill any pathogens, etc.
I have lost fish from toxic substances leeching out of wood. There is always a risk.
good point. maybe the wood that is sprayed with that clearing covering over it? (not sure how to explain it). or maybe plastic? i dont want it to look fake X(