Turning wood before it's dry
I recently got my hands on a bit of 3"x3"x12" ebony. This is the chunkiest piece of ebony I've ever seen and it's perfect jet black - a real find. The gotcha is this: it's part seasoned. Based on research online, it seems that even if I could dry it without it cracking, I could be waiting upwards of 10 years (1 year per inch for most stuff, however ebony is very dense and needs to dry very slowly to avoid cracking).
So what I did was this: turn it into a finished piece and give it several coats of shellac (on the base too, which I normally leave unfinished) and a liberal coating of paste wax. Hopefully the finish will keep the rate of moisture loss very slow, so the piece won't crack. It may not dry out fully within my lifetime, but if it doesn't crack or rot, who cares?
Anyone else tried this? Does it work? Has anyone got any opinions/tips/useful anecdotes about turning wood then sealing it quickly?