How To Preserve Tree Trunk Slices

Do you want to know how to preserve tree trunk slices? Check out this blog post to learn the best ways to do it!

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Welcome to our guide on how to preserve tree trunk slices! This guide will teach you everything you need to know in order to prepare and preserve your own tree trunk slices.

Trees are amazing things. Not only do they provide us with oxygen and shade, but they also offer us a beautiful and unique glimpse into the natural world. For centuries, people have been fascinated by the intricate patterns and colors that can be found in tree bark

Unfortunately, as trees age, their bark can begin to fall off or peel away from the trunk. This can leave behind unsightly gaps and holes in the tree’s appearance. But there is a way to preserve these beautiful tree trunk slices so that they can be enjoyed for years to come!

With the proper preparation, tree trunk slices can be preserved in a number of ways. The most common methods are by treating them with an oil or wax, by sealing them with a clear sealant, or by potassium alum treatment.

Each of these methods has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. We’ll go over all of this in more detail below.

What You’ll Need

-A clean, sharp knife
-An area to work that is well-ventilated and clean
-Muriatic acid (available at most hardware stores)
-A large plastic container or vat
-A means of disposing of the used acid (check with your local solid waste department)
-Paper towels
-A sealer designed for outdoor use (optional)

Slicing The Trunk

Assuming you already have a felled tree and are ready to cut it into slices, the first step is to slice the trunk. You’ll want to use a chainsaw for this, as it will be the quickest way to make clean, even cuts. The thickness of the slices is completely up to you, but keep in mind that thicker slices will take longer to dry out.

Once you’ve cut the trunk into slices, it’s time to start the drying process. This can be done in one of two ways: either by air-drying or by using a kiln. Air-drying is the simpler of the two methods, but it will take significantly longer for the wood to be ready to use. If you’re patient, though, it’s a perfectly acceptable way to dry your wood.

To air-dry your wood, simply place the slices on a flat surface in an area that gets good airflow and isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. Over the course of several weeks or months (depending on how thick your slices are), the water will evaporate from the wood and it will slowly harden as it loses moisture. Once it feels dry and hard to the touch, it’s ready to use.

If you’re in a hurry, though, you can speed up the drying process by using a kiln. Kiln-drying is faster than air-drying because it forces the water out of the wood much more quickly. However, it’s also more expensive and requires more specialized equipment. If you have access to a kiln and are willing to spend the extra money, though, kiln-drying is an excellent way to speed up the drying process.

Once your wood is dried (either by air or kiln), it’s ready to use for any number of projects. Whether you want to make rustic furniture or simply use it for decorative purposes, sliced tree trunk rounds are an excellent way to add a unique element to your home

Filling The Slices

One way to preserve tree trunk slices is to fill them with a clear epoxy resin. This will stabilize the wood and prevent it from drying out and cracking. To do this, you will need to mix the epoxy resin according to the instructions on the package. Once it is mixed, pour it into the slice, filling it to the top. Allow the resin to harden for 24 hours before proceeding.

Sealing The Slices

Once you have your tree trunk slices cut and prepared, it’s time to seal them. This will help protect the wood from damage due to weather and pests, and it will also make theslice s easier to clean. You can use a clear polyurethane sealer or a sealer that is tinted to match the color of the wood. apply 1-2 coats of sealer, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

Drying The Slices

Once you have cut the tree trunk, it’s time to dry the slices. You can do this by air drying or by using a Food Dehydrator

Air drying is the simplest method, but it can take a week or longer for the slices to fully dry. To speed up the process, you can set the slices in the sun for a few hours each day.

If you’re in a hurry, food dehydrators are a great option. Set the dehydrator to its lowest setting and place the slices on the racks. It will take eight to twelve hours for the slices to dry completely.

Once they’re dry, your tree trunk slices are ready to use!

Finishing The Slices

The final step is to finish the slices. You can use a variety of finishes, but we recommend a natural oil finish. This will protect the wood and bring out the natural beauty of the grain.

Finish options:
-Natural oil: We recommend tung oil or linseed oil. These can be applied with a brush or a rag.
-Polyurethane: This is a more durable finish, but it will change the color of the wood. It is also less natural looking.
– Wax: This is a good option if you want a natural look, but it will not protect the wood as well as an oil or polyurethane.

Displaying The Slices

Display the slices in an area where they will not be disturbed and will not get wet. A good place to display the slices is on a table or shelf in a den or office. If you want to keep the bark side of the slice faced up, you can use small pieces of foam or put them on top of a layer of marbles.

Storing The Slices

Once you have cut the slices, it is best to stand them on end in a shady, cool spot until they have thoroughly dried out. Drying can take several weeks, and it is important that the wood be thoroughly dry before you attempt to store it, or else it will rot.

Once the slices are dry, you can store them indoors or outdoors. If you live in an area with high humidity, it is best to store the slices indoors in a cool, dry place If you live in an area with low humidity, you can store the slices outdoors in a shady spot.

To prolong the life of your tree trunk slices, you can coat them with a thin layer of polyurethane or lacquer. This will help to seal out moisture and further protect them from rot.


If your tree trunk slices are not drying or if they are drying too slowly, here are a few troubleshooting tips.

-Check the humidity and temperature of your drying environment. Both should be low (under 60% humidity and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) for the best results.
-Make sure there is good air circulation around your slices. If they are stacked on top of each other, they will not dry evenly.
-If your slices are still wet after several days, you can try running a fan or dehumidifier in the room to help speed up the drying process.
-If your slices are drying too quickly (cracking or curling), you can try misting them lightly with water or moving them to a less dry environment.