Probably within a week I will have a section in my web store with wood for making sayas and display boxes.
I finished making some modifications to one of my bandsaws for resawing. Now all I am waiting for are my new resawing blades.
While waiting I started gathering up some wood and getting it flat and square.
These are some of the pieces I have selected to cut up. Kind of hard to see what is there because it has been rough sanded at 36 grit.
Some quilted maple, flat sawn curly bubinga, old growth redwood and curly redwood.
These are mostly what I would consider a medium grade figured woods.
There have been a lot of requests for saya material. Sorry I have been so slow responding.
A few thoughts and some questions
Some of the requests for saya material have said "it doesn't have to be anything fancy, plain, straight grain wood would be ok".
My thoughts were that after preparing the wood and the cost of shipping, I would not be cost effective with normal wood. Probably cheaper just to get thin stuff from the lumber store.
I was thinking medium grade figured woods would not be overly expensive while still being nicer than what you could normally get from most other wood suppliers. Similar to middle/upper end custom guitar woods.
I am curious if there is a market for the super nice stuff as saya material.
An extreme example would be some of my very best Koa. What would be needed for a saya would be about the same as would produce about 6 handle blocks. So I am wondering if there might be cases where it made sense to cut some saya material that would have to sell in excess of $200.
As for dimensions.
The most common thickness requested is between 1/4" and 3/8". Does this sound right to you guys?
For length and width 3"+ tall and 12" long will be my target dimensions with some larger or smaller depending on the wood I have available to cut.
Please let me know what you think and if there are any special requests.
Cutting the saya wood will keep me busy in between batches of blocks coming back from being stabilized.
Now that the weather is getting better I can start pulling out some of the wood I have stashed over the years.
No telling what I will find.