Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Masur Birch

Michael Stafford
>I have a friend who travels a lot for business. During these travels he looks for wood for me to add to my collection of exotic woods that I have made woodturning/working projects out of. On a recent trip he brought me a small log in the round of Masur birch. This log is about 12" long and 7 1/2" in diameter. It is sealed with wax and wrapped securely in multiple layers of plastic. Obviously green... My question is how do I go about cutting this up into usable pieces for turned end grain boxes? What should I do as I cut this up? What pitfalls should I be looking to avoid? I have never worked with this material before so I do not want to mess it up if at all possible. Any help, advice would be appreciated.

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