Birds Eye Maple
....well just a short blog story today as I’m heading out soon to get my butt in high gear.
I’ve been keeping busy around the shop lately with the many projects of woodworking as come my way, a counter top in process, some pieces, (actually three) of furniture and then there’s that three legged piece of maple that I have put up on the third floor of the barn-shop that has started whispering my name for attention. Why just yesterday there I was up on the second floor, adjusting my sound system….which really means I was upping the volume to rock those granite foundations of my workspace, and so if you like these guys, feel free to click the following link… AC/DC, courtesy of Radio. blog.club, when I happened to hear that voice of the wood saying; “it’s time Frank, what about me….!”
So I’m out to the garage, to change a bar chain on my Husqvarna 395XP, taking off the 36 inch bar and putting on the 24 inch bar and ripping chain. I’ve got good weather, sunny skies and some nice four year old maple that has been doing curing time and for which I’m also hoping to get some spalted maple slabs from. I never know what I’ll get out of something like this, since sometimes the wood goes punky on me and other times I get nice figured spalted designs.
Out last week searching for 5/4 white oak for a countertop, so I stopped by a sawmill down south of me. Looking for timber usually turns into an all day thing for me since I will often get lost in all the wood of these places. Found some nice native cherry, bundles of first cut slab of the log at a reasonable price, ha….I remember when the sawmills were only to happy about letting you take it for free, but now with pulp wood prices and all the homeowners burning it, well….!
Anyways I thought I would post these pictures of some maple slabs that there selling for tables or benches. I had thought these were ‘curly’ maple but the guy said they’re ‘birds eye’ maple and that he had just recently sent pictures of them to a guy down in NY who does benches out of this kind of wood with an ‘asian’ flair. Ah yes, the competition is out there and so I had better get to moving….enjoy.
....and so I found these slabs for under a $1000.00 for both….
....seems to be a good amount of distance herein....
....now this one I am partial to, if I can only find a customer who would like some Japanese 'wood art' done in the low bench style....
....and yes I thought about resawing for two slabs here, but and hmmm.....
....ah yes, from a bird's eye view, some 'bird eye' maple....
"....from where I am standing at bird eye level, all is looking as 'very good'...."
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/