Paul don't worry as others have said about it being dark. Mine like Vaughn's is dark. It does not even effect holly which is really light and white. I soak my bowls, lidded boxes, etc. for 24 to 72 hrs. I have left some in a week when I forgot with no adverse effects. I cut up a brown grocery sack or use 3 layers of newspaper to wrap them like I was wrapping a gift. I cut a opening in the bowl opening. I put them in a cool dry room upside down on a cooling rack you can get at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks. I used to weigh them all the time but have found they dry in about 3 to 4 weeks so quit weighing. I just date the bottom with what kind of wood it is. I have only lost 2 bowls from drying in 2 1/2 yrs using this method. One thing I don't use DNA on is HF's. I take them from start to finish in one sitting.
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