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Jed
Hi all
not really a hobby of mine but I have a piece of wood picked up from the beech near Rye, from the Forrest which is visible at low tide, it was loose so I haven't broken anything I promise! Can it be dried out and preserved?
Thanks in advance
Jed
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prep01
Yes, soak it in a bucket of fresh water for a few days, changing the water a couple of times then allow to dry out somewhat then mix a solution of 1:4 by volume (enough to cover it) of PVA glue (NOT WOODWORKING glue) and DISTILLED (DEIONISED) water for an hour or so, agitating the mixture (as it settles out ) a few times. Remove from mixture, dab with a sponge (otherwise it tends to be shiny) and leave to dry. Hard as rock then!
Colin Huller
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Jed
Colin thank you very much I will give it a go, although small pieces they look quite nice and will be something different next to my normal hobby.
jed
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prep01
I hope you're not saying we have an 'abnormal hobby' 😃 
Colin Huller
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Jed
Haha Colin, no not at all, I’ve always found it fascinating but not something I’ve taken up, we have bits and pieces from holidays with the children and an old school teacher a Mr Gill always made the subject very interesting. I will make more of an effort in future, a bit miffed we couldn’t find the foot prints at Pett Level beach but there’s always another day 👍
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Anonymous
Well the bits of wood have been soaking for longer than advised due to life in general, soaked today in the pva mix and are now being left to dry. Once dry I will post some pictures. I must admit the texture of the wood certainly looks better now than it did. Thanks for the advice 
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prep01
Good, remember if you don't want it shiny, dab off with a damp sponge (rinsing often) before it dries.
Colin Huller
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Jed
So here are a few pictures of the bits of wood, I wish I’d taken the before and after pictures with something to reference their size against as the shrinkage is quite amazing. They are on the same Jay Cloth (others can be used 😬) so it might help. 5A029653-0EA1-42F7-9652-B3868F142F5B.jpeg  F14305FB-4347-4E45-B897-6BBDF0DFC452.jpeg  64A8E573-719B-43EE-899D-B712CAE667A8.jpeg  5B604B76-05F7-4CD9-BD7D-7C9A42369E0F.jpeg  E2CF51AC-E789-42A8-BA75-9642230EC406.jpeg  2CFE17F1-EF94-40ED-AEEC-5116E618DB31.jpeg  32134562-11E5-461D-89AD-38451839846D.jpeg  A9509B54-2C29-437B-B497-622F961FB21A.jpeg 
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Jed
Here are some pictures of the wood, soaking ,drying and dry. The amount of shrinkage was surprising  C7226739-65D1-4A11-B0D0-91A39AED925F.jpeg  B1DB672C-CA7D-4C48-9709-CC9E6BA07D21.jpeg  5A3D5640-4E7D-4987-9461-2D893486CBA2.jpeg  59FEC8D1-E680-49CD-BAF4-DDC523C2B156.jpeg  A958EDA4-3AC9-4A34-91DC-5206BF169106.jpeg  D11FFAA2-D8C8-4315-A0F8-260150ECE65A.jpeg 
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prep01
Hi Jed, are you happy wth the result?
Colin Huller
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Jed
Hi Colin, very happy with the result except the shrinkage 😬 I have a spare deep picture box/frame which I am thinking of mounting the pieces in. It would be nice to know what trees they are from, two look very similar to cherry and silver birch but I’m no expert. I’m thinking of coating them in Matt water based varnish as there are a few small splinter like bits that could come astray. Thanks

the double set of pics are because the first lot disappeared but now they’re here!!
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prep01
I would just use a stronger solution of PVA, after all, modern wood glue is PVA with added chemicals! Have a look at this - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-23684120
Colin Huller
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Jed
Hi Colin
i might well use another coat if diluted PVA, the glue I used was children’s/artist PVA so hopefully not as acidic. That is a very interesting link to Pettlevel, I would definitely tell people to go and have a look if it’s not too far from them,check the tide table first though!!
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