Graig First I put it in the oven and rise the tempreture from 0 degrees to 195 Celcius that took half an hour then roasted for 1hour ang leave it in the oven to come at a temperature that I can touch it with bear hands, for about another 1 and a half hour. Then gradually rise the temprature again at 215 Celcius for 35min and let it cool until it was cool enough, another three hours. The wood was stable because it was dry enough, I had it in my workshop for couple of years and it was dry already when I bought it. I could have left it in the oven for more than 35 minutes, at the second round but I didn't want the neck to be very dark. In the whole procedure I follow the instructions that a woodworker, who makes furniture, gave to me a couple of years before. The first step is very critical because if the wood is not dry enough, can split.