Your goblets look great! I really like that you recycled a table leg for them. I try to recycle whenever I can.
For example, I have my father-in-law's maple tree in my driveway. Oh, and a neighbor recently cut down a walnut tree, I've got most of that, too.
Someone posted this site
some time ago about how to harvest wood from a log, and I found it to be full of great info.
Folks around here will probably tell you to cut some logs, seal the end grain with Anchorseal
, and leave it alone for months. The anchorseal slows the drying of the wood and helps to prevent cracking.
Even after all of this, the wood may still be pretty wet, so you'd want to either turn it to finished dimensions, put it in a paper sack or two for a few weeks or months, and hope it doesn't crack, or rough turn it, put it in a paper sack or two for a few weeks or months, then finish turning it when it's dry. (The paper sack slows the release of moisture and helps to prevent cracking, though the wood will probably warp.)
That's what I've learned so far, but I'm sure there are other ways to do it. GL! :D