I alway find sawing large chunks of valued wood into thin slices a bit intimidating not wanting to ruin good wood. Yesterday I sawed a lot of Redwood from NYC water tanks.
The band saw is set up like this. Just took the first slice- worked perfectly !!
Going for the second slice, before long the entire chunk was sliced up really to be used as book matched two piece soundboards. When tapped this Redwood rang like a bell.
Here is a second piece of the water tank Redwood. The cut is five inches deep.
Next challenge was to cut this chunk of Curly Birch (B. Pendula) sent to me from Finland by Andrew Pattison. He reports that Finns call the wood 'visa Koivu'. He has ordered a tenor to be made with it. It is very dense and heavy and to my relief sawed very nicely. I was delighted to see the interesting grain patterns, It will make a unique instrument and I bet it will generate great tone. Haven't decided on the soundboard yet.