The wood that we use is plantation loblolly pine that is grown on our property. We harvest all of our on timber.
Immediately after carving we move the carvings to a dry room which consists of dehumidifiers , heaters and fans. Where they sit for a week to 10 days before we ship.
(Checking does occur )
We use whole green timber in making our roughouts and in the process of drying there will be some cracks. Some carvers ask for a kerf cut in the back of the carving ( a controlled crack) we can do this for a fee.