Depending on what you were going to turn with them, first I wouldn't have turned off the bark, second I would have just sealed the ends with two coats of anchorseal. If you were going to turn small bowls or lidded boxes I would have did as Vaughn suggested and cut the pith out. I have some cherry and logs 4 to 6 inches in diameter that I left 24 to 36 inches long and sealed the ends. Now 2 yrs later I cut some up for ornaments, birdhouses, lidded boxes, etc. and all I had to cut off was about 3 to 4 inches off the end and the rest was good. Taking off the bark and not sealing the ends will have the wood dry to fast and split big time especially keeping it near heat. I would also suggest drying wood or blanks in a cool, dark place with not much air movement. I keep the drying room around 68 degree's or less with around 35% to 50% humidity and I stack the blanks not more than 2 to 3 ft off the floor.
Anyway keep asking and keep trying. Fruit wood can be a bear.
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