Preparing the Wood for Carving
After cutting it into the shorter piece it cured another 6-months. Contrasting the picture above with the one below shows that significant radial cracks have formed on the ends during that period of time.
I want a rectangular box shaped block of wood from which to start carving my ox yoke. Having the parallel planes of the rectangular box to work from, will give me clearly defined reference points.
The cut is nearly completed.
A first look at the second face of the block.