Sometimes you just have to work with what you have got. On this occasion I decided that the billets I got from the first log involved too much work. Luckily, I have a second log to work with.
It's got much straighter grain......always a bonus when you're looking for straight framing members!
It couldn't have split much better.
There's a small amount of transit damage, but if I get straight boards from the rest of the cake, I'm happy.
Split off the sapwood and a little side axe work, then it's off to the bench for planing.