Sometimes I end up with logs that have sat for sometime. It may be because the were standing dead, or because they were down in the timber before I found them. The best logs to cut are fresh sawn logs, they cut the best and produce the best wood. In the case of lighter colored logs such as basswood, or maple the logs will stain if the sit too long in warm weather. In this case the walnut log has lost all of it's bark and has surfaced checked on the log surface. I have cut quite a few walnut, and butternut logs that looked terrible on the outside but produced beautiful lumber on the inside. This walnut should be a good example of that. I use a hand winch and some angle iron to load logs, I have some real fancy ramps a friend made for me. Those ramps are longer and I piled the logs a little to close to the saw to use them. The winch has loaded some big logs and works every time, low tech I know, but tried and true. The third picture is a white oak log that I cut years ago. It was probably the largest log I have ever cut without quartering it. This log was a beast but, the Norwood mill, is a well made mill, and it buzzed thru it just fine. It was not so easy to roll once the first slab was off and it was no longer round but, I managed.