Originally Posted by rferguson61
Since we have both brought up the topic of green wood...here's a question I have been wondering. Say you find an awesome piece of walnut and you want to use it now but its still green. Would kiln drying it cause problems?
IIRC, Kiln drying walnut can cause the wood to become a kind of muddy color (it will still be beautiful, just not as dark as it was) but other than that it should be fine. There is always the chance that it will crack and warp while drying, but it can also do that if you air dry it.
I have never had anything kiln dried, but I have read about how to do it, and what the wood may or may not do.
I think that you should also wait a while (month or so) after the wood has been kiln dried to work on it just to be cautious (it may still want to crack or warp). I'm not sure this is actually necessary though. I'd be a good idea to find more info about it, and maybe ask people who actually do it a lot.