… as much, anyway.
So the other day we got our xmas tree, and of course the stump was about a foot too long, so I cut it off before bringing the tree into the house. And then I had an idea.
Compound miter saw, sharpish blade and a little ignoring of safety rules led to about a dozen pretty smooth, damp slices of tree.
As you can see, the engraving and scoring quality is variable, politely speaking, depending on how much water/sap is in the particular section being zapped. The central half dozen rings or so were pretty dry. But all things considered I’m pretty happy with the results – they have a nice sorta rustic look to them.
And the edge char is pretty minimal, even cutting through 1/8"-plus, e.g. the star on top of the tree and the hanging hole… To the point where I’m thinking that if you could figure out a way to get wood to dry flat this might be a useful technique.
[Attributions: the tree is a slightly modified svg from the Noun Project, and the ornament is based on a file generated by the snowflakerator in Openscad.]