I am not saying it is the best way or they only way what I am saying this is my way.
About a year ago i bought the butt of a storm damaged Beech tree that had been recently felled.I had it planked by a local tree surgeon who did it with a chainsaw,
Because there was so much wood there was no chance i was going to be able to rough turn all of it before it started to split,Some I cut up into usable pieces and roughed out a lot of Hollow forms and bowls.The rest i wrapped completely in cling film.
This is an example of the cling filmed square blank that has been stored like this for over a year
As you can see it is now well spalted and soaking wet.
A lot of the water that was in the wood has migrated to the outside and has formed a jelly like substance.
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For safety when ever I use the bandsaw i keep the blade guide as close to the wood as possible
Next i drill the rounded blank ready to take a screw chuck.
Note the tape on the drill bit to show me how deep to go.
I am roughing the blank down with a 1/2" long grind bowl gouge with pull cuts.
At that stage we will be tidying up the spigot and making it the exact size.