I just got a call from my next door neighbor. He's got a question about drying a big block of Elm. Here's what he's got.
Recently his brother had a rather large Elm taken down from his yard. Apparently he has roughly an 18" cube. He's pretty good woodworker and would like to do something with it some time down the road. He realizes that it's going to take some time to dry sufficiently but he doesn't know what he should do with it at this point. Is there something he should put on it? I'm thinking along the lines of something painted onto the end grain to keep it from cracking/checking. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.