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do i need to seal a roughed turned green bowl?

i traditionally make wild game calls. I have a lot of stock that i have harvested myself. my question is, do i need to seal a bowl blank after i have roughed turned it? i have only turned dried wood before, and knowing that it is easier to turn bowls wet, just don't want them to check or crack after i am done with them? i have some beautiful plum tree and dog wood that i would like to start on just don't want to waste the wood. I have plenty of anchorseal, just don't know if i need to put it on or let it cure on the shelf??
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Do I need to seal a rough turned bowl

YES,but I just seal the end grain,as that let it dry out a little slower.At least thats the way I do it.There are some woods that will warp,split an every other thing it can to just ruin your day.Some seal it then put it in paper bags to slow down the drying process,but I just seal the ends and let nature take its course and for the most part works pretty good.

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thanks, i will give it a coat and see what happens i left it about 1 - 1 1/4 in to allow for warp and shrinkage, so i will let it sit for about a month and see what happens
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If' it's 1 1/14 inch thick it will take from 3 to 6 months to dry. After I seal the end grain portions I put them open side down on a shelf. I also sometimes seal the bottom and the lip on wood that might check. Place them in an area with little air movement for the first month or so.
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I've dried green turnings by wrapping the work in a dry bath towel and storing the work in a garbage can full of dry rags, change the rags every other day. A smaller container can be used for smaller work, but it has to seal and the rags have to be changed every other day. I don't use any sealer. The rags can be dried in a clothes dryer but can't be put in the can hot or warm. They must be cool and dry. Start testing for dry to finish after three weeks.
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