WOW , I leave town for a few days and all hell breaks loose. Great to have you new guys on the site. I think we will have alot of fun and hopefully be able to help and inspire everyone else.
That is a good tip, I don't get to turn much burl. I usually turn green. I do turn some figure (curly mostly) wood that has been dried and tear out is an isue for sure even with SHARP tools. I may try that on some the the curly stuff too to see if it helps...can't hurt.Daren..I know Frank likes to leave those hunks of blm burl out in the sun to bake. If you rough turn and soak in the solution for about 4 hours you can take it out and finish turn it. It cuts down alot on the sanding. I've had green maple burl that I've rough turned and soaked for 4 hours and finished turned and finished. It has never cracked, and the soap seems to give a nice glow to whatever finish you use.