I can see I've been preaching to the choir Bill
NICE looking chunk of log!!
They say Curly/Birdseye is one log out of a thousand in Sugar Maple, and Quilted is 1 in ten thousand....better odds than the lottery
You've got you hand work cut out for you:)
That cutoff piece will come in handy somewhere too.
Going to make a beautiful piece Bill!!
Reminds me of a fifth generation Acadian chip carver where our second Desktop machine wound up with his son in his Dad's shop...He didn't have the carving "Touch", and was absolutely ecstatic that now with the CNC he could finally carve
His Dad told me how his Grandmother had people coming from miles around to buy her spoons/utensils, as because she spent so much time in the kitchen she added little touches like lid lifters/notches so spoons balances or hung/flat spots so spoons stood by themselves/cookie molds for hanging/ladles that held the exact volume for a perfect Ployes/etc.
Tom said he never actually goes into the shop saying "I'm going to make a spoon"....as he never thinks they'll be as good as his Gram's(many still in use, and I saw several that were wonderful in the hand), BUT still he winds up making a fair amount of them
Amazing seeing him in the shop working...and now he's got his grand-daughter hooked, and first major project at 14 was a carousel horse, and his son has made a business out of the Shopbot Desktop
LOVE how Tom goes out to the woodpile before one of his Grandkid's Games...splits a couple chunks off the wood pile, and then carves "Wood Spirits" during the game
Didn't mean to make you WORK!!
Wells hit 96F both weekend days, with heat index 105+ even right on the beaches(THIS week will be glorious:)
NICE to see something inspiring while drinking first cuppa! First cool enough day to run the CNC with DC in a while, you got me thinking cutting open one of the White Oak burls to see what I have, or at least cut the Paper Birch to size, and surface one side so it can dry in the house and not rot in the garage(6'DX5')