Let's say you're a furniture designer in California working with English Ash. You pick your wood up at a supplier, where it sits neatly stacked in the yard. You know that prior to that, the wood came out of a mill. Backing up a step further, you know that before it arrived at the mill, the wood was trees that were cut down in England. But the step you probably never pictured was how the freshly-cut logs got to the mill.
When wood travels overseas, it needs to go into a shipping container. And the way it's loaded is almost amusingly primitive, have a look at this:
Here are some logs so large that only three of them will fit into a container:
This system below, described as "redneck ingenious," seems a little more efficient:
So, that's how they get them in. It's gotta be even worse getting them out.