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post #1 of 2 Old 10-26-2019, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Carpenter Ant Art

Hey Guys, new to the site and this is my first post. So I have a pretty unique issue. I found a tree on my property in West Virginia last week that had been taken over by carpenter ants. From the outside there was a small hole and what I saw when I looked inside was a pretty cool pathway the ants had carved up. I took the tree down and cut out a large section where that hole was and took it back to the house. Attaching what survived the transport. I really love these pieces and would like to use them as some kind of table art, but I'm not sure how to preserve them. They're a little fragile, which makes this an even tougher chore. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your input.
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There's a process called "Stabilizing" that includes replacing the air in the wood with epoxy. A lot of knife makers use it to make scales. You can buy a whole fancy dancy set up to do it but that does cost money. There's a plethora of guides on the internet with a ton if info on the process like the ones I linked below. You can do it on the cheap also.


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