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Mud soaked wood?

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    The ancient Hawaiians would soak their wooden tools and weapons in wet mud ponds too harden them. Hawaiians around here still do it to their poi boards http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/C7tyhReGYAE/hqdefault.jpg (this one doesn’s seem to be soaked yet). From my understanding they choose the soft kinda silt based mud sitting in water that your foot can sink really far down into if you step into it, they let it soak for about 3 months, and I guess the moisture in the wood gets replaced by the mineral rich moisture and the cells become filled mineral deposits. As a result the wood becomes very hard, heavy and can withstand high impact as well as last a century with no sealer or finish coats required. I can’t for the life of me find a single source of info on this online (might not have the right terminology), but I’ve seen and felt the results in person. The closest I’ve found online is river logs that have soaked for 20+ years but that’s only slightly similar and takes 80x longer to achieve. Anyone familiar with this technique?

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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    This is a good one for @dirtywhiteboy

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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    This is a good one for dirtywhiteboy

    Red being born here is like my son gets a lot more of the Hawaiian culture. I have not heard of this one.

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    Red being born here is like my son gets a lot more of the Hawaiian culture. I have not heard of this one.

    I guess it’s up to me to give it a try and share results then.

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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    It does make sense as some of the cells will get filled with the minerals from the water / mud which would replace air with something harder and denser.

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    rerun_1965
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    holladay, TN

    This is a good one for dirtywhiteboy

    Red being born here is like my son gets a lot more of the Hawaiian culture. I have not heard of this one.

    how long have you been in Hawaii @dirtywhiteboy

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    It does make sense as some of the cells will get filled with the minerals from the water / mud which would replace air with something harder and denser.

    There’s certainly proof of concept on the island, they make their poi pounders out of lava rocks and poi is made by smashing up a a dense tuber root and adding water over time. So the wood gets constantly hit by water and pounded rocks and holds up perfectly, I’m guessing they pick n choose harder woods with high cell counts but I really don’t know. I bet it’d make the meanest cutting board of all time though if done right.

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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    here is an article about “super wood”that I came across the other day. It involves compressing the wood to make it denser.

    https://www.constructionequipment.com/new-super-wood-stronger-titanium-tougher-steel?eid=216521905&bid=2000833

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    here is an article about “super wood”that I came across the other day. It involves compressing the wood to make it denser.

    https://www.constructionequipment.com/new-super-wood-stronger-titanium-tougher-steel?eid=216521905&bid=2000833

    Hmm that’s pretty neat, I wonder what it’s like cutting if it’s that hard. Imagine what the wood shaving’s would look like if you used a really nice Japanese hand plane. It’s a shame they didn’t show pictures of the wood surface other than through a microscope.

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    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    This is a good one for dirtywhiteboy

    Red being born here is like my son gets a lot more of the Hawaiian culture. I have not heard of this one.

    how long have you been in Hawaii @dirtywhiteboy

    I came for Florida in 1986,,, So that makes me a main land Haole. Red I would guess is a local Haole,, there is a huge difference.

    Dirty

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    Clev08
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    here is an article about “super wood”that I came across the other day. It involves compressing the wood to make it denser.

    https://www.constructionequipment.com/new-super-wood-stronger-titanium-tougher-steel?eid=216521905&bid=2000833

    Wow, that is very interesting, I wish they showed more pictures of the wood going through the process.

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