In my case it really does not matter what state it is in, I just love it because there is always a use for them. Jogging back home one morning, I discovered a pile of wood probably used for skirting, kept outside a fenced compound that was been renovated.
Eventually response came, I was greeted nicely by a lady who came to the gate. She answered warmly, that was a good sign! and all I needed. I made my interest known about the wood to her, and if I could have them for free of cause. I was playing on that warmness and using it to my advantage.
I could see she was taken aback at this
request, but to my utmost relief she graciously agreed to my request, she was still a bit confused and she asked why I wanted them I replied coyly, I love to collect old used wood, Thank you! I said. Ran home quickly got a ride, to pick them up.
Anyway, to cut a long story short,I cleaned and sanded them, went to see my carpenter and joiner, they where turned to picture frames for me.I framed some acrylic flower paintings, I had done previously in them, it looked good to me, I really love the old wood ENJOY!..