Turning

Subject:
I turn it dry. *PIC*

John K Jordan
Barry,

I've used a lot of bradford pear. There are lots of ways to proceed. I only turn it dry.

What I do is process the logs with a chainsaw and bandsaw and make blanks and chunks for drying. I seal them well and put them up to dry. It takes several or more years depending on the size. It shrinks like crazy when drying but I haven't had a big problem with cracking.

This is a piece dried for years, turned, then carved. I love working with this wood.

If you want to turn it green (and this time of year is great) then get as long as log as you can, seal the end grain well, store it off the ground, then start cutting off blanks to turn. You don't have to seal the ends, but if not, you might have to cut off the checks on the end before cutting your green turning blank.
JKJ

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