First cuts into the Sawcliffe Green man….let me extol the wonders of my new found favorite wood, Alaskan yellow cedar! I am already addicted to it’s texture. It has more resistance to the tool than basswood as it is somewhat more dense, and although the grain is tighter, fine, fingerprint like figure comes to light with every slice of the gouge. The hardness, while easy to cut through and cooperative in every direction (no tear out, splinters, or flaking here!), will compliment the detail I hope to achieve with solid strength. While faintly reminiscent of Western red cedar, the scent of this wood has a slightly musty component but not strange enough to put one off. This species almost seems unreal, if I could have imagined a magical carving substance I could not have come up with anything this good. I will enjoy every second of this carving, and finish it’s labor with a heavy heart.
-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.