A friend gave me two bits of freshly cut oak with an intriguing stain down its core. I immediately turned a live edge end grain bowl for him out of the smaller bit and wrapped it in a plastic bag before giving it to him. I've suggested leaving it in the bag for the time being but how can I advise him to season it in order to minimise cracking? I'm happy with a bit of warping but I'd like to avoid the cracks that I always seem to see in drying oak. The walls, base and rim are about 8mm thick and relatively consistent.
Since I've got more of this to play with (which I've sealed with PVA) I'm keen to hear your suggestions.
Comments and recommendations warmly sought.
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