Preserving Tree Cross Sections
Name: Monique B.
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002
I am trying to find some information on how to preserve
a cross section of a maple tree that we have received in our ecology
class. I feel like there is a special process to stain, sand, and
prevent warping, and I was wondering if you could help me, or maybe tell
me where I might get some answers.
The following should be helpful sources for detailed info:
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
We have had good luck with maple sections simply sanding them smooth and
keeping them dry. Some oak and maple sections we have coated with
polyurethane, which brings out the rings and prevents smudges and wear if
they are handled a lot, but we have never used any special process. A
section may crack, depending on its size and how it originally grew and was
cut, I do not know any way to prevent that if its going to happen.
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