Environmentally benign preservative for (English) oak?

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Tue Dec 15 16:39:24 EST 1998

No advice here, looks like a problem waiting to happen, using green
poles.  A suggestion, however.  Come summer, when the leaves are full,
girdle the oaks your going to use, let the plant itself dry out the
poles.  Cut in the fall and use em.  You may have to pay a couple of
trips for the girdling to work.  Build your struture, and put loose
batten boards over the cracks, when the poles dry, caulk the openings. 
Set them in place like the old log cabin builders and the poles will
settle upon one another and help close the cracks from weight and

Lots of hard work in your future, good luck.

Gnome 11 wrote:
> Does anyone know of a low impact/environmentally friendly preservative
> that can be used for building in 'green' oak?
> I want to build a low environmental impact shelter on my land from my
> own oak. This means that I can't dry it, as I will cut it on site, and
> the dimensions of my oak trees are small, so I will have to incorporate
> a lot of 'fungi friendly' sap wood. Typical dimensions will be 8"x8" or
> 20cmx20cm posts. I can't wait five years for the oak to air dry.
> Any ideas (from traditional building and/or folklaw perhaps?) that will
> allow me to preserve or partially preseve the oak without going down the
> 'dubious' chemical route?
> The oak itself will be in a dryish position, but will occasionally get
> surface soaked in severe storms.
> --
> Gnome 11

Don Staples
UIN 4653335

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