I just received my first lathe and am new to turning. I scored some short wet pecan logs from a tree that was blown down. My predicament is that as a newbie I do not have the confidence to rough shape the bowl yet. Plus this wood is literally dripping wet. I want to seal the ends as cheaply as possible. Or should I split the logs prior to sealing? I was told by an old timer to get wax intended for sealing mason jars from the supermarket. Melt the wax to a liquid and wipe on the end grain. How is this process compared to latex paint? Or is there an alternative method that is as inexpensive? Thanks in advance for the help!
-- Tom, MI, SC