Drying cherry and walnut bowls

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 03-12-2010 03:10 AM 1146 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2010 03:10 AM

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I know that this question have been psted a thousand times so if this is rpetative then just point me in the right direction. I have been turning bowls out of somecherry and walnut logs taty father in law gave me. The cherry was cut down about a year ago and the walnut is pretty fresh. Everytime that I turn a bowl it it looks god for about 2 days then it cracks from top to bottom. I would like to attempt larger bowls but I don’t want to waste the time until I am able to prevent them from spiltting. How can I prevent this from happening? I know that there are methods that you can wait months for but I would perfer something that won’t take that long.


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#1 posted 03-12-2010 04:13 AM

Ahh, the proverbial cracking of green bowls.

Well, first off, you need to seal the ends of your logs with anchorseal or latex paint to prevent them from drying any more.

Here is a good link.

When you turn a bowl, you want to leave a thick bottom and thick sides. That way as it drys, slowly, it will not crack.

Now, as to drying methods. Some folks use the denatured alcohol soak method. Other use the dish soap method. Others use the paper bag method: they turn the bowl, put the bowl in a paper bag and throw it on the shelf for 6 months.

There are tons of ways and lots of differing views on this topic. The best bet for you is to go to AAW and here and search the subject, then see what fits your style, abilities and lifestyle.

Hope this helps.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 07:51 AM

Make sure you remove all of the pith from the center. The Cherry I have from orchards has been really bad in this respect. With the pith out, it is much better to dry.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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