Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Georgia (USA)
I do store them inside the shop or where ever I can to keep them out of the weather. Direct sunlight will add cracks no matter how much sealer you add to them. It's best to put them near the floor where it is cooler. Moisture will evaporate at a slower rate and it will be alot less prone to checking.
You can turn them as fast as you cut them. I will be turning one of these pieces today but not to a finished bowl but to the rough out stage which will be from 3/4-1" thick. After it is turned to that point I can do it 2 different ways. 1st way is putting the rough bowl in DNA (Denatured Alcohol) for about 24hrs or so then letting it drain for about an hour. I then wrap it in newspaper,cut a hole in the paper on the top of the bowl and put it on the shelf to dry for a few weeks. Then it's ready to finish. 2nd method is to rough it out to 3/4-1" thickness and apply anchorseal on the end grain of the bowl (inside and outside) date the bowl,let the anchorseal dry a few hours and put it in a paper bag with some of the bowl shavings,staple it shut,date it and put it on a shelf for about 6months and it's ready to finish. Either way will work,it just depends how fast you need to finish the bowl.