Today I attempted re-sawing the largest piece of wood I have ever put through my bandsaw, a full 12 inches. Nik Seifter brought over some lovely spalted maple from the old Fountain District tree. He gave me several lovely chunks and wanted a large piece re-sawn for a furniture project of his own.
The nervous sawyer putting his saw to the test.
Success !! to my relief and pleasure, this huge cut was successful and Nik is happy
Flushed with success I tackled the beautiful chunk he had given me. Cutting it about 7 inches wide I sliced it into 8 pieces. Here they are, looking pretty rough.
But when run through the thickness sander their true beauty is revealed. Spalted Big Leaf Maple is spectacular. This wood is hard and solid and will make great uke backs and sides
the colors are rich and warm, the fungal etchings fascinating. Each pair will make four tenor sides
Or two uke backs. perhaps a tenor and a concert
The fun and the challenge will be how to cut them.