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Just scored maple logs - what do I do now?

Today I scored a trunkful of (slightly spalted) maple logs from a downed tree. The logs were a little over a foot in diameter and I cut them about 1 1/2 - 2 feet long each and split them in half down the middle into bowl blank shape. I don't think the wood is that green, but not totally dry either (I don't have a moisture meter). I have an unopened can of Anchorseal in case that would be a good idea. I'm planning to store the pieces in the garage or basement workshop.

So the question is what do I need to do right away with this wood to keep it good (or have I already screwed up by splitting it)?

This will hopefully keep me entertained for quite a while on my new DVR XP lathe!

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Here are some pics. There is one log of something else - any idea what?
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Here are some pics. There is one log of something else - any idea what?
Cherry.

I would seal the ends with your anchorseal.





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Thanks, do I leave the cut face exposed or seal that too?
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I will let the turners here answer that, I honestly don't know what is common practice.


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I usually put a pretty thick coat on the ends and leave the middle exposed. First chance you get, I would cut the round bowl blanks out on the bandsaw, then seal all exposed wood. Next up, rough turn a bowl and leave the walls about an inch thick and just seal the top edge and about a half inch onto the side. Put each one in a paper shopping bag and date it. Let them sit for several months in your shop, out of the sunlight of a window or near any heat source. After they sit for a few months, you should be able to finish turn them. Looks like some nice wood. That odd log looks like cherry, just a guess from the pic.
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