Okay, I don't turn and know nothing about turning. In another thread I discuss cutting down several knotty maples in my yard. My question is, in order to cut/save some "turning blanks" for my lathe-mongering Family, how do I cut them?
1. Are they just square blocks of wood with a knot or burl in the center?
2. I understand I should coat them with Anchorseal (assuming I can get it in Canada) while they are waiting for a new home. Is there any substitution for Anchorseal? Beeswax?
3. How big should the blank be? How much margin do I leave around each knot or burl?
4. Should I remove the bark before coating them? and if so, how? with what tool?