Flying Oak brought up drying bowls in sawdust 586 days ago as recommended by Roy Underhill.
This is a picture of a green wood maple bowl I rough turned on my lathe, and here is a second one.
The first bowl was placed in the bottom half of a bowl of sawdust the the second in the top half. Both
bowls dried without and cracks and only slight warping. I checked the top one a few times during the
roughly two years, since I had placed them in the barrel previous to this post, and it dried with some
spalting, but was still rather solid. The first bowl that was placed in the bottom half of the barrel was
not disturbed until I took it out to turn it, and while the sawdust had allowed it to dry without cracking,
it had held enough moisture that the wood was rather soft and it was hard to turn to a smooth finish.
The result is that you can dry green turned bowls in sawdust, but you do have to check them every
month or so at first placing fresh sawdust around them to keep them from spalting too much or rotting
slightly. Do not know if this will help anyone, but i mentioned in the original blog that I would report my
-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter