Well, small pieces of wood 'can' be rapidly dried in a microwave. Not tried it myself, but there are numerous instructions on how to do it, on-line. However, there is always a however, I have not a clue if this would crack your wood or not. Only way to be sure would be to try it. I'd get another piece before I did tho, just in case.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.