Claude Dupuis replies: When I get wood I typically will get it in as long a length as possible. Even without painting the ends I will get very little loss, maybe 6˝ at either end. Once I cut pieces to bowl blank length I process them right away with a rough turn. Date them and place in paper bags and store them away for several months. If you cannot turn them, cut to length and half them getting rid of the pith. Seal the ends with anchor seal or cheap wood glue. I sometimes use leftover latex paint and find it works as well as anything else.