I've read a lot about turning since finding an interest in it nearly a month ago. I've read about turning green wood, and heard the warnings that it could be messy with sap, water, and just random goo. However, all of the things that I have read failed to mention the possibility that the log that I want to turn may still be inhabited.
I sliced a blank off of a fresh log that I found, mounted it, rounded it, chucked it, and started cutting away! Green wood sure is easier to turn than some old dried up oak. The first splat of goo that hit me in the neck was chuckleworthy - I was happy that I was turning some green wood, and having a great time. The second one that stuck to my shirt was still moving and concerned me a bit.
So, I turned off the lathe and inspected my piece. Sure enough, there was a hole with something wriggling inside.... something that had lost its butt, that is.
I pulled it out with some needle nose pliers, gagged a bit, and kept on turning. Overall, I pulled three bugs and one big fat larva out of my bowl before it was done.
I still don't know what kind of wood this is, but it's pretty, even with the bug holes in the middle.
I don't have any paper bags, so I wrapped it up in an old towel and put it away for a couple days. I suspect that it will warp and crack, but for my first green bowl, I think it's pretty snazzy. Even if it dries perfectly and I am able to sell it, I think that I will not tell the little old ladies at the church bazaar that the holes are where bugs used to live.