Is apple wood good for carving?
Apple wood is probably one of the most stunning hardwoods on the market.
Between its uniformly mesmerizing straight grained texture, to its heavy strong density, this wood type would be a great choice for crafts such as chip carving and woodturning.
So why isn’t apple wood a more popular crowd favorite among woodworkers?
And is apple wood good for woodworking?
Apple wood is a dense durable hardwood that is heavier than other types of hardwood lumber, such as cherry.
As a result, it is used to make fine wood pieces such as furniture, musical instruments, and tool handles.
Yet, despite being a good wood type for a wide range of items, apple wood still tends to be more of a novelty choice for woodworking.
Features of apple wood
1. Moisture content In apple wood
What you want to do with applewood is to make sure you let it out to dry for a good day or two. With that said, letting it dry for too long will make it nearly impossible to carve.
2. Apple wood color
The color of applewood is one of the main reasons why people like to carve it. Even though it is not too pleasurable to carve, the color of the wood is making the process worth it.
3. Apple wood weathers really well
4. Possible damage from woodpeckers
Keep it in mind when you are buying or harvesting your applewood. Try to be attentive and inspect for possible damage in the wood.
If you happen to come across a damaged grain from a woodpecker when carving, you will most likely split the wood and your carving will end up with an uneven surface in that area.
5. Color difference between the branches and the trunk
The branches of applewood have a brighter basswood-like color which does not seem as appealing as expected. Therefore try to get your hands on the wood from the trunk of the tree.
6. Apple is tiring to carve
The grain of apple is very similar to cherry, and if you carved cherry you will agree with the fact that it is not at all times simple.
7. High chance of splitting
With a little creativity, you can always work around it, and implement the areas that are split in your carving. If that is impossible simply cut it off and as long as it’s not in the most important area of the carving you will still have a decent result in the end.
The result is impressive, although that is not the standard way of wood carving. You end up with sturdy wood carving and try not to waste your time trying to revive it.
Steps of carving
- Gather your material and tools.
- Put on protective wear, including a dust mask.
- Mix distilled water and alcohol with a 40/60 proportion in a bottle
- Spray the wood in the solution
- Allow the wood to absorb the water so that it does not splinter and becomes easier to carve. The wood contains alcohol that helps the wood to stay moist for longer and makes the carving knife cuts through the dry wood better.
Tools needed to carve applewood
- Carving Knife
- Wood Carving Mallet
- Bench Knives
What to do with the wood after carving
- Seal it with wax.
- Add paint for color.
- Treat the wood carving if necessary.