We have been converting hardwoods for woodturners since 1986.
After finding it hard to source quality blanks for our own production, we decided to begin converting timber for our own use, and to sell the surplus to other woodturners.
All the bowl blanks and spindle blanks are kiln-dried and are ready to use.
Some suppliers apply hot wax to the outer edge of blanks because the blanks are still damp, “Part Seasoned” or “Air Dried” , this could mean the wood is still damp and not stable enough to go into a heated home after turning. These are more likely to crack or distort if they dry out too quickly, the applied wax then only servers as a barrier in the drying process and helps prevent cracking before they reach the lathe.
All bowl blanks from Oaklea have a hot wax applied to the outer edge and spindle blanks on both ends. However, opposite to the “air-dried” scenario this is to protect the wood from absorbing moisture if stored in a damp environment following purchase.
Oaklea as developed from a woodturning background; if we can offer any help or advice with your woodturning project we will be pleased to do so.