UPS just dropped this off for me.
Took me long enough to get any of this.
Now it's time to cut it up and send it in to be stabilized.
Rick guessed this one correctly without speaking a single word. Now that's talent.
This is the surface closest to the outside of the tree/grass.
There are several different varieties of Black Palm each looking different.
This is the one I call salt and pepper.
Nice gold accents. Is it big enough to make some cross, some rip? I love the leopard-spots from the cross-cut blocks last time.
Very cool. Awaiting your tests... Has Deckhand seen this yet? I wonder.
I honestly never thought I would like wood so much. Another beautiful specimen.
"See... the problem here is that... my little brother, this morning, got his arm caught in the microwave, and uh... my grandmother dropped acid and she freaked out, and hijacked a school bus full of... penguins, so it's kind of a family crisis... so come back later? Great."
-Lane Myer (Definitely not as in Oscar Mayer)
OK, 1st I tried a straight cross cut end grain piece.
WAAAAAAAAY too weak. I could break a piece with very little effort.
I cut a couple lengthwise with the grain and a couple at a steep diagonal almost following the grain.
Both were strong enough that I could not break them.
The 2 blocks on the left are the diagonal cut. I like that look the best. Looks better to me and still plenty strong.
Here is a diagonal block sanded to 220 and sprayed with a light coat of lacquer.
Of course this stuff finally comes up when I haven't any money, palm is one of my absolute favorite woods.