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I've been asked to carve a Whitebeam stump (Sorbus aria) felled last autumn. I have no experience of Whitebeam and when I posted on facebook a couple of weeks back I didn't get any feedback about it. I understand its hard stuff. Does anyone have experience of info or opinion .... bit nervous of being a pioneer !!

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it's tough stuff alright but i hope they realise it won't last more than 5 years or so.


should carve ok though and take nice detail.


give it a million coats of danish and it might last a bit longer.


another problem could be that it shrinks like mad, i lost 30mm off the width of a 14" bowl so it could tear itself apart as it dries.

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Thanks for your help Steve .... I'm a bit clueless with it. There has been talk of carving a heron into it but I would hate for it start looking like it had had a catastrophic landing !! Need to give them best advice.

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