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turning blanks

i have a few questions about turning blanks.
do yall think there would be any interest in pine oak or even the dreaded sweetgum turning blanks for bowls and pens across the internet. we have plenty of pine logs on the lot and a few oak and sg. what would they be worth? should i let the sg set for a while to tame it before i chop it up? should i throw the blanks in this homemade [email protected] kiln i have made to get them where theyre not so green? are pen blanks like 1x1x4 or 5 inches? should i paint all the cut surfaces on the bowl blanks to keep them from cracking? any help is appreciated
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I don't think there would be much interest in the pine. I know I don't care for pine. I greatly prefer the hardwoods. The oak may sell, and I don't really know anything about sweetgum so I don't know what it will do.
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Where are you in middle Ga? I live in the middle Ga area also. As far as blanks go I don't think pine blanks would do very well. There just isn't much color there. Now I have made a couple of pens from fat lighter and they look pretty good.

When I turn bowls from logs my most available wood is oak and they make pretty nice bowls. Spalted red oak looks really nice. I have only made one pen from oak, for a fellow that gave me some oak slabs, and it looked ok but nothing special.

I have no experience with sweet gum. But knowing sweet gum I would say it would be rather plain. Staining may bring out some color but I don't think it would do much.
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Where are you in middle Ga? I live in the middle Ga area also. As far as blanks go I don't think pine blanks would do very well. There just isn't much color there. Now I have made a couple of pens from fat lighter and they look pretty good.

When I turn bowls from logs my most available wood is oak and they make pretty nice bowls. Spalted red oak looks really nice. I have only made one pen from oak, for a fellow that gave me some oak slabs, and it looked ok but nothing special.

I have no experience with sweet gum. But knowing sweet gum I would say it would be rather plain. Staining may bring out some color but I don't think it would do much.
i saw on ur thing ur in Gordon. i am about 40 miles from gordon. 25 miles south of macon on 75
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Sweetgum can be bland to the point of being worthless, OR it can have some beautiful streaking, so as to whether sweet gum would be worth cutting, the answer is maybe.

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