When I saw the photo of Chuck the Butcher's Kramer it brought back memories.
My first thought when I saw the knife was "Hey, that's my wood".
It was from a huge maple burl I bought from a veneer guy years ago.
The burl was a large stump burl that we could barely move around with the fork lift.
A lot of the times the stump burls will have large bubbles with pins instead of the compact pins that you see on the side burls.
This was from a big slab that I had set aside and forgotten.
The only reason it hadn't sold was because it was too heavy for two people to lift. And it was pretty expensive.
I cut off a couple chunks from a good looking portion of the slab. Now I have a couple pieces I can lift by myself.
This shows the exterior. As long as I cut parallel to the outer surface of the burl the figure will look similar to this.
This is the other side. You can get a glimpse but you will be able to see the figure better when I sand it.
Here I have cut the two chunks into strips that I can manage on my smaller bandsaw. I will cut these into blocks and sand a couple so I can get a better look at the grain and figure.