Loving my Laguna 14BX! It zipped thru this 13 inch ash slab quite nicely, no slowing down. Swipe for smaller book-matched pieces of Butternut, Maple, & Boxelder waiting to be selected for the right project.
This is post number 2 detailing the #custombuilt#mandocello I've commission from Don Paine at @pomeroy_instruments. Up today is highly figured #redmaple that will be used for the back. Man, what a gorgeous pair! Unlike the top, these pieces do not form a perfect #bookmatch, which is basically when you split a piece of wood in two longwise to yield a perfect mirror of the wood grain in both pieces. The reason for this has to do with the #flame in the #maple, which as you can see above has an almost holographic character to it. A perfect bookmatch of this type of figuring wouldn't yield a uniform holographic effect; one side would "pop" more than the other. Don has aligned the flames to produce a stunning effect no matter which angle you view it from.
What causes flaming in wood, you might ask? There isn't really a consensus so far as I can tell. It isn't part of the wood grain, as the figuring runs perpendicular to the grain. One theory I like is that #mapletrees in windy areas get buffeted back and forth, causing the wood to flex and gain the flame on its horizontal axis. Another commonly heard theory is that the flame is caused by mineral deposits in the wood, which are impacted by the composition of the soil upon which the tree grows.
In any case, I can't wait to see these pieces of maple on the back of my mandocello! I had six pairs to choose from, and it was an easy choice. Everyone I showed the options to agreed without any input or prompting from me. Heck, even the luthier's wife said the decision was clear!