Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Pin Oak odor?

Arn
>I recently aquired some green Pin Oak logs from a friend. I know oak is not the best turning wood, but I went for it anyway. I cut them into bowl blanks, coated with Anchorseal and then turned a couple right away. The next weekend I lifted the lid on my shavings barrel and got a most putrid odor that caused me to remove those shavings real quick. I then pulled out some pin oak blanks and they have the same odor, which made it darn hard to get through the turning!

So, Question is: Is this the pin oak or is it mildew or other causing the odor? The blanks are lying on my basement concrete right now, so I suppose they may be getting a fair amount of moisture, but I'm in no hurry for these to dry. Note, I also turned some sycamore that was lying next to the pin oak and it had a similar odor, but not as strong. I suspect the pin oak smell permeated the sycamore.

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