On the return trip from the West Coast I stopped in to visit my wood guy. Yes, I have a wood guy. His name is Andy and he’s been a lumberjack in the lower Fraser Valley for most of his life. In that time he has accumulated a couple barn-fulls of wood. And when I say barn full I mean that in the most literal sense possible. The man has stacks of wood up to and in the rafters of a couple of barns. While there I looked at a few boards and saw lots of nice wood which would have been great to take home, but there is only room for so much.
At the end of the day I decided to bring back one large board. It is a beauty of a board; a large Maple with some curled and quilted figure. It also has moderate spalting which is an absolute dream for me. The twisty black lines which come from spalting are a favorite feature of mine and I treasure even the tiniest pieces which exhibit it.
The word board is a bit of an understatement, the board would really be best described as a slab. Even the word slab doesn’t do this piece justice; it should really be called a large slab. This piece of wood is magnificent, it ranges in width from 40" to 44" as the live edges wanders; and it is 12’ long.
|Andy Bringing the Slab out of Storage|
|Loading the Car|
|Unloading the Slab with my Neighbor Jeff, Thank Goodness he was Home|
I envision making a dining or board room table from this beauty. As of yet it is unspoken for; if you’re interested in it or know someone who is please drop me a line.
|Waiting in the Shop|