How long should Spruce be stored to dry before working with it?
I recently cut three White Spruce trees, each 4-5 inches in diameter and about 15 ft long for the purpose of building a sailboat mast, yard, and boom. Sometime in the next few weeks, I will strip all the bark and paint the ends before placing them in a connex for the winter.
How long do I need to let them dry before I can start working them down into my finished product. I would like to start working on them as soon as possible (I have to reduce their diameter to 2" tapering down to 1-1/2") but I don't know what an appropriate time frame is. This is my first time working with harvested raw materials.