This woodturning project picks up from a green turning completed about 3 months ago.
The wood is apricot crotch from a neighbor’s tree.
I attempted to microwave the rough bowl. After many 60 minute cycles at 10% power, there was no loss of weight and the wood was still cool. After many more 60 minute cycles at 20% power, the wood was hot and had developed many nasty checks or cracks. It had only lost about 11% of its original weight.
It has now been about five months. It has lost 36% of its original weight and is probably quite dry.
For me turning a green bowl is quick and fun. Shavings fly and the bowl rapidly emerges from the blank.
Finish turning the dry blank requires more care. There’s less margin for error and the wood is hard.
But, in the end, the figure emerges and the bowl “blossoms.”