Ok, this is the first piece of Walnut (or any wood for that matter) that I have tried to turn. This piece started out with a good size check to begin with but I mounted it anyway to gain some practice. The turning has been more difficult than expected. I'm not sure if it is my inexperience or dull tools or both. Sometimes instead of "curlies" I'm just getting dust. Sometimes the shavings are VERY hot. There have been a few times when the "curlies" have come off very smooth and I can even feel them as if they are wet or at least they are not hot. I've tried out about every different tool I own to get a feel for each of them. I would like to go ahead and try to salvage something of this piece even though it is checked real bad.
Another question....when turning green wood.....after roughing out the bowl...as I have done here....would you remove it from the lathe and re coat it with anchoreseal and wrap it up until it is dry? Is that the process? I have noticed that this piece has checked alot more since being mounted on the lathe than when I started it about a week ago. Does this mean that when turning green wood I need to get it all roughed out at one time and then sealed up? I've kept this mounted on the lathe for the last week and worked on it in my spare time so it has been exposed to open air all week. I'm not looking to turn this into a museum piece...just something to learn on.
Any input would be great!