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Buckthorn wood

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Location: Iron River MI
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Hello fellow permies!

We’ve got plenty of Buckthorn on our property, in various sizes. I hear it’s got a beautiful, hard wood, and with its “invasive” and aggressive nature, I think it’s a perfect candidate for some tools and handles. I’m pretty new to woodworking though and have some questions:

It’s winter here (zone 4). How do I go about cutting the wood and drying it without having it split? Should I leave some extra length and wax the ends? I’ve got an unheated garage and a basement that stays around 60 degrees. I could store the wood in either place to dry.

Also, is working the wood while fresh/green an option, or would it certainly split by drying too fast that way?

Im looking to make some hatchet handles, some small file handles, a couple sauerkraut stompers and maybe some spoons and spatulas.

Any advice is appreciated!
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See this thread for some discussion of the question: https://permies.com/t/139783/shaped-branches-tool-handles#1216519
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