Charles de Clarens wrote:
it's prepared nowadays
"normally" the wood would have to stay in water for a few weeks (months is even better...)
If you can find wood prepared the "old way" then it's worth a try!
This must depend very much on your supplier. We can source oak and ash locally that have been prepared in this way very readily.
The only part of the process that may be different is the timber is kept wept by a sprinkler-type system over the 3-6 months before it is kiln-dried.