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Harvested some black gum today from a local turner with a small lathe. I've chain-sawed it down to some 16-18" platter blanks and some large and small bowl blanks, but I've never worked with the wood before.

Anyone have tips on turning it? Found growing in Raleigh, NC. Felled a few weeks ago and appears to have some nice spaulting that goes all the way out to the bark. Some punkiness on the side that was on the ground but I sawed most all of it off and will seal the blanks with latex paint tomorrow.

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I have turned some before and it cut very nicely both wet and after drying. It did smell pretty bad when wet.
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