Drew I think you are fine. I agree with Vaughn and find the sooner I rough turn the wood the better. I have some Elm and Walnut that are 2 to 3 yrs old coated with anchorseal (two coats). There are one or two of each that cracked pretty good. I cut them up for lidded boxes or ornaments but most are ok. Your fruit woods have a greater tendency to crack IMHO no matter how you treat them. As far as drying I quit the DNA and now use Mike Mahoney's method that he showed at one of his demo's and have had great success with it. When roughed turned as soon as it comes off the lathe I coat the whole piece with anchorseal. Yea it takes 6 months to a year to dry but I have had great success with very, very little cracking. I store them in a room around 68 deg and very little air movement on the floor. I just keep roughing and I will have a stash (around 40 blanks now) that will be in varying states of dryness to keep me going.
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