The Cherry wood that I ordered came with no damage. It was packaged very well. The board was very clear just two small knots near one corner. Just the one thing I did not like was the board was twisted down its length which made it difficult to rip it in three pieces down its length with a circular saw. I was able to work around that. The board is for making three dozen blocks in three different sizes that are 2.5" thick that will be donated to the kids at Ronald McDonald House for them to enjoy.