I just got back from Edensaw with a High Dollar 4/4 x 12" x 20' CVG Doug Fir board in tow. This is to be used for Gunnels for my Simmons 18. This project is going slowly due to lack of time and at the rate I am going it will be at least next fall until I get to the gunnels. This is a pretty nice peice of wood with the exception of a few pitch pockets. They are a couple inches long and about 1/8" wide. most of them are towards one edge of the board so I should be able to miss most of them when cutting the gunnels but may have to include some and I may encounter more when I start cutting it up. What is the best way to deal with these? It seems to me if you could remove the pitch and fill with thickened epoxy they might be OK. If I had to, I guess I could cut out the effected portion and scarf back together, but this would defeat the purpose of going to the time and trouble to find 20' lumber. This peice is also fairly green and will need drying time. Would it be best to cut it now before it is dry or let it dry and then cut it?