The Port Orford Cedar for the Museum of Fine Art (Boston) Japanese gate project arrived at long last this morning. I had the wood shipped directly to the drying facility, where it will sit in dehumidification for the next 6~8 months, followed by vacuum kiln drying.
Everything looked great, except for the strange presence of 4 short chunky pieces, and absence of the two longest and largest pieces:
The two chunks of POC near the bottom of the pile are the main gate posts.
On top of this pile are the rear post pieces, along with a couple of spares:
I asked the mill to mark the butt end of each log prior to sawing - the red and blue spray paint on the sticks you can see above- so I wouldn't have to spend time trying to determine which end was up.
On the bottom of this pile are the 25" wide panels for the doors and flanking sections of the gate. They should dry the fastest: