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#1 posted 12-29-2017 05:03 PM

I make bowls on a lathe from green wood, same basic process. Initial wall thickness about 10% of dia. I prefer to dry mine indoors where the temp and humidity are controlled. Brown kraft paper is used as a vapor barrier to slow the drying process, either a heavy brown paper sack or the heavy painter guard stuff on 3ft wide rolls at the bbs. Usually throw in several handfuls of wet chips. Weigh the wrapped piece, write it on the paper and re-weigh whenever. Dry when weight stops changing. 4-8 weeks usually, but hand carved pieces with thick end sections or something will take longer.

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