Resawing new dry guitar facings
Posted on Wednesday 27th January 2016
We decided to have a short break from cutting the elm, it's a dirty slow process and one where we constantly have to clean as we go. So to break it up a bit today we cut up a large English Walnut Crotch billet along with some spalted hornbeam. The walnut is stunning some of the best ever we have cut, there are some problems in them but for small shapes they can be worked around however to my eye I would use the most spectacular of the areas and break out a pot of resin and fill any issues, it would be worth the extra time and effort. The spalted hornbeam is a first for us and there only a dozen or so tops in total, it is solid, or as solid as spalted can be, in fact it was so nice to work that after resawing we planed both faces to a 99 percent perfect finish, it's not often I would risk sending thin stock through our tungsten tipped industrial planer as it is not forgiving but it was one of those Timbers that you knew straight away it would be safe, barely moving at all in the cutting and planing to a great finish without pickup.
Cutting more future guitar facing stock
Posted on Tuesday 26th January 2016
The straightest sections of the burr elm logs are being cut for panels and possible guitar facing stock. These are cut thin to add drying, as thicker stock of solid burr doesn't tend to dry well, so it's something we tend to saw at around a 1 inch to produce a better grade of board in a years time, at that time it can be faced up and opened to produce bookmatched panels.
Resawing Future Burr Elm Guitar Tops
Posted on Thursday 21st January 2016
Faced with rather a lot of stunning quality burr elm but in very limited sizes we have started to resaw the cants into various products for further drying or sale as natural faced burr elm woodturning blanks. The straightest sections, where thickness allows, have been resawn into small boards, at a future time and subject to how well these dry they will again be further processed into guitar facings. To go from a log to a top or acoustic guitar set, on average takes between 2 to 3 years from us initially sawing a log. There is no quick way to do it, we have tried processing and kilning various timbers over time and on the whole it hasn't been very successful due to problems that can arise in resawing due to the rapid drying. So we stick with the old methods of planking and then air drying for a number of years before we then re-saw into instrument sets for sale. The pictures show one of the cants resawn into short boards, sadly very few of the cants will provide board material with most going to would turners and other craft users.
Fresh sawn elm burr turning blanks
Posted on Friday 18th December 2015
We have to finish of proessing the slabs but the new year will something of interest to woodturners. Close to 2 tons of these.
Processing walnut root into billets
Posted on Sunday 6th December 2015
I thought it educational for followers to see what goes into arriving at a end product ready for sale so following on from cutting open the root we now take the resulting sections to the bandsaw to furthur process into billets and blocks, we always aim to keep these as large as we can subject to the saw and any defects we find and cut anyway. This particular root gave us 4 large blocks of of one side, with the other half still to cut. One of these four blocks has now been cut to give us small blocks up to 3 inch thick slabs 16 inches wide and 2 foot long. One thing you will notice is the colour change, the best indicator of the finished polished colour is always when it is first opened, the surface then quickly dries of to an almost grey colour it then oxidizes over a period and its true colour starts to come back. This log has a lovely red background with good strong mineral lines. Part of the resawing process is for me to first surface a face to allow it to sit true on the saw, this also exposes any figure which in this case is very tightly compacted, polished these will be stunning, all there is left to do now is to cut the other 7 blocks from this root and then the other 6 roots we have sat here waiting and of course a two to four year wait before they will be resawn for different tasks.