pine log question?

Joined: 7:49 PM - May 12, 2016

3:31 PM - Apr 02, 2018 #1

Hi guys, I have a question about species of pine??

What is the draw to white pine. I know many prefer this over others. I can get Black and Red pine pretty easy but some local carvers have said they do not like red pine and much prefer white pine.. I did not ask why so here I am asking now.
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Joined: 7:46 PM - Feb 05, 2002

12:31 AM - Apr 03, 2018 #2

I guess it all depends on what's available in your area Joe. Some pine are harder then others and split more then others. Or have big pitchWhite pine over all is a lighter wood and easier to carve than the red. Not sure about the black, I haven't carved any of that, I don't think I have. Don't misunderstand, the white does still split.
As with most carvers we carve what's available. It all can be carved, just that some would take a little more care then others.
There's a lot of carvers that only carve hard would cause that's all they can get. I like carving sassafras, or cotton wood too. Others don't like ether one.
It really is up to you, if you don't mind paying for wood, me I like the free stuff.
Good luck
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Joined: 7:29 PM - Dec 26, 2006

11:26 AM - Apr 03, 2018 #3

Hi guys, I have a question about species of pine??

What is the draw to white pine. I know many prefer this over others. I can get Black and Red pine pretty easy but some local carvers have said they do not like red pine and much prefer white pine.. I did not ask why so here I am asking now.
For me its availability white is easy to get, I will carve just about anything. Red pine has a lot of sap and tends to mold if its damp out.
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Joined: 7:49 PM - May 12, 2016

5:52 PM - Apr 03, 2018 #4

Thanks guys. I am going to get a few big logs dropped off and can choose what I want when it lands in the log pile. I might have to toss a case of beer in the truck when he drops it off so comes at a price.. haha.
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Erv
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8:54 PM - Apr 03, 2018 #5

If you carve it green, spray it down with vinegar to prevent it from molding. Also, put the carving in direct sun and cover it tight as possible and it will sweat out the moisture before you put a finish on it. Just remember to keep turning the covering inside out as the moisture builds up on it.
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Joined: 7:49 PM - May 12, 2016

12:48 PM - Apr 04, 2018 #6

Thanks Erv, I have not had mold issues yet so good to know on the vinegar. I will keep some handy when I get after it.
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joe king
joe king

3:16 PM - Apr 04, 2018 #7


Yep i like white pine too, soft passive grain, they say it has the most even growth ring patterns (in the pine family) which helps it crack less, but it still does of course! And one other thing if you don't use up the logs within a year or so get rid of the bark, they get a little boring beetle that burrows in and hatch's into little white worms, then when you hit one with the saw it sprays in your face, disgusting little varmits........!
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Lonnie
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2:05 AM - Apr 12, 2018 #8

Hi guys, I have a question about species of pine??

What is the draw to white pine. I know many prefer this over others. I can get Black and Red pine pretty easy but some local carvers have said they do not like red pine and much prefer white pine.. I did not ask why so here I am asking now.
fresh white pine cuts like butter, with a sharp chain you almost have to hold back the saw. White pine will lose 1/2 it's weight when it dries, if your going to haul and load and unload pieces it is nice that it is getting lighter. usually if you see one cut in a yard and stop they are just happy to have some one want to haul it away.


Just my opinion

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