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Hi. I'm getting into making stools and seats out of solid, green or dried wood. Does anyone have ideas on the best types of wood to use for these kinds of projects? I live in California but am open to sourcing from other states if necessary. I've used camphor, which was really great, but it's hard to find. I've also used redwood, which was pretty good. I'd love to use woods that are from environmentally-responsible sources if possible. ...Also, if anyone has any ideas on how to treat or finish to avoid cracking or checking I'd love to hear from you. (I've used PEG 1000 / Pentacryl but that is a little pricey when it comes to big pieces.)

Here's a photo of something I made recently to give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

Thank you so much.

alex
 

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I don't see anything wrong with using redwood. You might find a supplier that has access to some old dead wood so that it would be partially dried. You also need to find some way to heat the wood as the logs will often contain an insect infestation.
 

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Thanks so much Steve. What would you recommend to combat insects on a project like this? Cheers. Really appreciate you taking the time. :)
 
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