Thanks. I haven't done anything to slow drying, in fact I realized this morning that I should have dropped the whole thing in the garbage can I had the wet shavings in, but I didn't. I haven't got a clue what I'm doing for a lot of this, I'm trying to learn though. I don't think I've been unsafe though, I used a 4 1/2" faceplate with 8 screws and kept the lathe at 100RPM for most of the outside, 200RPM later. I hadn't even decided on what shape I was making until I got the outside round, for a while I was considering making a lamp shade and then I just felt like making a globe.