That would indeed be Kona. Sitting here at work next to the ocean watching our VOG head your way as I write this:spiteful:
I think you will be fine without sealing the wood.
Thanks Mark, I hate having to strip that stuff off later.
wrap the blocks with paper bags, that would even the moisture content and reduce the chance of cracking.
What is the process for stabilizing burl or any other wood for that matter?
But quickly, what K&G does is to put the blanks in a tube (theirs are about 6" in diameter and about 2 feet long) where a vacuum is created and poly resins are pressured into the cells of the wood. This "stabilizes" the cells so that they are less prone to move (warp, expand, contract) and a bit more heat resistant.
Thanks. It doesn't seem to be a DIY project then.