Uses and Advantages of Wet Wood

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Duration: 5:27

George Vondriska and Spike Carlsen clear up the common misconception about wet wood being useless. Spike shows off a few pieces of wood that were used as pipes hundreds of years ago, and explains why a piece of wood that is submerged in water without being exposed to oxygen can remain strong, solid and useful for your unique woodworking projects for hundreds and even thousands of years.

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3 Responses to “Uses and Advantages of Wet Wood”

  1. Kelly Craig

    Not mentioned is the cedar industry and how it fits into this story.

    A great deal of the cedar roofing and siding from from the Pacific Northwest. While there is yet much old growth, regulations have made it harder and harder to acquire. Because of that, many cedar harvesters have taken to mining it.

    Just as was mentioned in this article, once the cedar is no longer subjected to oxygen, it can last for ages. Without oxygen, bugs cannot attack it.

    Cedar minors look for telltale signs of large, fallen trees. When they find them, they use excavators to dig them out, after which, the wood is cut to size for shakes and shingles.

    Occasionally, a find will produce what cedar mills call guitar wood, which, as the name implies, is cut to lengths needed for producing musical instruments.

  2. mgarafalo

    So, even their video on their web site has to have a friggen commercial?

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