The purpose of this thread is to judge interest and determine how much of this tiger maple should be cut up into kitchen knife, saya making wood. If you would want to get some of this wood cut into saya material please make a post in this thread. Your post is not a commitment to buy, but a list of who I should send PMs to when I have some ready for purchase.
I bought a bunch of flat sawn Tiger Maple just recently.
These are kiln dried boards that the mill considers shorts because they were all under 4 foot long.
To furniture builders most of this would be considered top grade curly maple.
But to me only about 20% of the wood makes the grade for highly figured handle material.
I am going to take a portion of this and cut into saya making materials.
It will be book matched pairs with 12" x 3" x 1/4" as my target dimensions for each piece. There will be 2 pieces this size for each set. Price per set will be around $30 to $40 per set depending on the figure.
I thought that being flat sawn, it would be easier to carve the blade cavity with chisels.
Plus since this curly maple is flat sawn, the figure looks more like narrow v shape (tiger stripe) figure..
The photo barely shows the figure. This is how the boards look straight from the mill. When I get some cut and sanded I will post more photos.