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#1 posted 07-11-2013 07:55 PM

End checking in picture does not tell how far into the log those cracks go until split open. If do not end seal with paint, wax, or commercial end sealers soon after downing a tree or process logs can some expect end checking and splitting. End sealing will slow down moisture loss from end of logs but not completely stop it over time.

You can find knots in wood in both heart & sap wood. As tree grows over broken limbs, they leave knots in wood. Sap wood in some species just full of knots due to many branches below cambium & bark.

-- Bill

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