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Recently I cut a cherry log into slabs. One end is the crotch of the tree. However, once we go into it, we found that the other end was pretty extensively rotten. There was a knot in the center that went first, but the lumber on either side of the knot is still good. Plus there is enough of the good lumber that the whole piece should be pretty interesting once it is dry. I would like to save as much as I can, but I am worried about keeping the decayed part throughout the drying time. The part that had turned to mud/dirt has fallen out (some of it I vacuumed), but should I remove the rest or should I leave in as much as I can, let it dry and see what is salvageable/interesting once the whole thing is dry. Will the rotten/spalted/punky part cause problems with the drying of the rest of the slab?