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Forum topic by Andy123 posted 11-02-2012 01:13 AM 1002 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2012 01:13 AM

My firewood supplier gave me and approximately three-foot section of Maple trunk that had a pretty large Burl in the side. The wood is still green and I’m not exactly sure how I should store it. Or if I should cut it up into bowl blanks, its ultimate purpose. Do you have any suggestions?


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#1 posted 11-02-2012 10:22 AM

You can always take a chance and rough turn it thin set aside to dry or finish it and hope for the best. Or, end seal log with commercial end sealer (anchor seal, green wood sealer) wax, or latex paint and store until ready to turn.

Since have no idea on diameter, and MC now can only speak to what would do here where I live. After end sealing would wait till MC at 20% or less before rough turning. Right now in prime wood drying season so depending upon size may take three to six months before rough turning.

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 05:41 PM

My turning so far has not included bowls, but from what I’ve seen and read, you have 2 options: seal the ends now and let it dry or rough turn the bowls, then let them dry, then finish them. Perhaps cut the big piece into smaller blanks, seal those and let them dry? You know, if it was me, I’d go for a hybrid approach. Seal some of it and rough turn some of it. That way you’d know which approach worked best for you. Good luck!


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