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A week or so ago we had a really nasty wind storm. Lots of tree damage and power outages in the area. There is a very old elm tree in our back yard that is slowly succumbing to Dutch Elm Disease but I have been reluctant to have it cut down while there is still life in it. The wind knocked off a branch. Although I could see part of it had died, the bark on the rest looked tight. AhHa! a natural edge bowl! Put the piece on the lathe and started turning. The balance wasn't quite symmetrical but the thing looked pretty good- at first. Noticed an area that was suspicious- Then checked the opposite side- That hole is from my finger. It was like mush. Even now, a couple of days later, it is still that soft. The area for the chuck recess was too soft and punky, also. Oh, well, it was fun practice.
I bought a Jet lathe a few years ago, with the best of intentions. I have since done very little, not through lack of interest, but other priorities and projects interfered. I now want to start learning/using the lathe, and in researching turning blanks, I see a lot of vendors seem to be advertising more green blanks than dried blanks. So my question is, as a novice turner with almost no experience, should I go with green wood, or try to find kiln dried blanks to start out with? What are the advantages and disadvantages of green blanks? I bought a cheap set of lathe tools from HF. Does green wood require special gouges, chisels, etc. or will the standard tools be sufficient? Does turning green wood require any different maintenance on the turning tools, such as more sharpening, different surface protection, etc.? Sorry for the long list of questions, and some of the answers may seem to be fairly obvious, but I don't want to assume something and wish later that I had asked. Thanks.
My new trick. Have never tried it, but it canâ€™t be worse than rapid drying and cracks. I turned that honkinâ€™ maple crotch rough, Iâ€™m at bowl depth so I wonâ€™t be going deeper but the walls are like 1.5â€ thicker than they need to be in places. But itâ€™s supper time and I gotta close up. So I grab some water (I have been wetting the surfaces down during the day just to prevent rapid drying) and a rag and some saw shavings and a roll of plastic wrap. I wet the outside and wrap it in plastic wrap. I wet the inside and stuff a pie of shavings in there upon which I plop a wet rag. Then I plastic wrap the opening of the bowl and tap it all in place and then I wrap the whole mess in a black plastic trash bag. Tomorrow will tell the tale