Is this sort of thing any good for turning, or shall I just burn it?
"excellent for turning" apparentlyshrinks and moves a lot while drying
That looks fantastic
Don't burn it!
Definately good for turning
is it a good idea to paint the ends to stop cracking?
Yes good idea to seal the ends with thick paint or dissolved paraffin wax. Apple is hard so lends itself to mallet heads, cogs etc.
I've put four or five chunks of this under the lathe.
Please feel free to use it for training or whatever. My son has said he'd like an egg cup turned from 'his' apple tree if you fancy saying 'thank you'.
Great! If there is some left when I am about I'm sure I could manage an egg cup
I didn't manage to get the big stuff this weekend but I've also got a load of lumps of apple for turning