I don’t think it will deteriorate faster, but it’s already rotten and very fragile. It was very heavy when I first picked it up. Now that most of the water is gone it’s very light weight and wherever I grab it, it gets crushed a little, the way any rotted wood does.

Using epoxy to fill the voids to stabilize it is not a bad idea. But then I would need to finish/smooth the pieces somehow after slicing it up. It’s that even possible? Can it be sanded?

I was thinking of slicing it first and then using it as a decorative outer surface on a box. So if I can get 4 thin slices, I’d be happy. Man, it would really be fragile then. I think I’d have to finish it with epoxy.

Losing fingers since 1969