Green with Envy

Recently, one of my big sisters (I have three) cut down a really large dying birch tree at her cabin (it was almost 20 inches in diameter). Near its base, there was a large burl. Needless to say, this burl is now in my possession, and my goal is to turn a really large bowl from said burl. But here is my conundrum. While I have done a small bit of green turning here and there, I have never done green turning of this magnitude.

So my question for you all is this: should I take the time to study up on green turning? Should I talk to the various turning experts who are already on my speed dial? Or should I just barge ahead as I usually do … believing that if other folks can turn a huge chunk of green wood, so can I?

I look forward to your feedback.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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Rob Johnstone has been part of Woodworker's Journal's since 1997, becoming editor of the print magazine in 1998, editor in chief in 2007 and publisher in 2013. He began woodworking at age 13 in his family-owned cabinet shop and, as an adult, trained to become an accomplished luthier. He eventually opened his own cabinetry and custom fine woodworking business. Rob has brought many of the most well-known authors in woodworking to the Journal's pages and introduced Woodworker's Journal Online Survey. When, in his free time, Rob isn't woodworking, he enjoys hunting for sharp-tailed grouse with his bird dog, playing music and/or listening to his son's rock band and cooking on his high-tech stove.