The first of twenty. This one is the most distinguished, in the top right there is a sap well pocket that took forever to burn out and then sand. It resulted in some uneven charring which i really liked. The texture is like none of the others, I was going to keep it for myself but decided it would hold the same value to you!
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I loved the giant knot the heart dug into. It really created separation and defined the shape. You'll notice how it just rolls into it, I never saw that before. Usually the knots prove to be a menace.
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So she is pretty! You have the makings of a knot on the far right and some really zebra-like grain going on. Definitely a cool one!
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#4 is plain jane grain. I am growing partial to the straight lines and simplistic look. It won't detract from whatever photo that it graces yet still holds holds a truly distressed look.
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Semi-plain jane. There's a small knot (actually a branch) hanging out right next to the heart. I liked the grain on the bottom edge of this very much. The coloring was spot on.
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#6 It's my favorite. If it's yours... know that I was really close to not letting it go! The end grains are sweet and the knots wrap the top and bottom. It has some awesome checking "cracks" by the knot. I kinda regret not making 21 and keeping this one. Please contact me and tell me what you like about it because I love this on the most!
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She came from a slab close to the bark and has little dimples where new branches were forming. It's a rarity to retain those dimples, they typically burn off.
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Another plain Jane. I didn't sand the heart as much as I normally would so it has a more defined darker shape. Looking back I wish I would of done this to more. She's a beauty and truly one-of-a-kind
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Oh hello darling! I like this one a bunch. There is a distinguished dark brown grain line intersecting the heart and really sets a boundary for color.
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Plain until you get to the right side and you've got a fabulous knot! The top and bottom look equally and this one has the best end grain out of the bunch! It is one of my favorites!
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We've got a wave! I'm always looking for grain like this. The swoop makes it cool. There's also a cool dimple in the heart from the router plunge. I could of totally sanded that out but I thought of it as a beauty mark.
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#12 has some distinct checking (cracks) which I adore. It has some subtle knots that make it unique and it was literally the center cut of the tree. look at the end grain you can see the core! So you're holding a piece of wood over 60 years old!
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#13 is another favorite. I love the partial knot almost directly in the center. The grain radius is sweet. It's pretty much perfect!
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I like #14 very much! It has the plain Jane grain yet hosts a wave in the top right. If you want a simplistic revealed grain slab she is it! There is a little ripple on the bottom right that also caught my eye. She is a beauty!
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This one has what may be the best heart of out of all of them. I am really digging the simplistic appeal it has!
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There is that dark line next to the heart on #16. Run your finger on it, did you notice how its raised up? Wanna guess why? It is one layer above the makings of a knot. It's crazy how a fraction of an inch makes for a clear or really distinct piece.
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There is a knot right at the top that deflects the grain and adds a partial wave. I love that! The heart has a really cool char and is one of the best ones in the lot!
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There is another little partial knot making itself known on the left. The heart is kinda cool because the grain changed as we cut in and it offset the grain!
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So I routed the heart into a knot like a maniac and it worked out perfectly. I try to never cut shapes into knots because they don't burn well and are so dense. This is one of the only ones I have ever attempted!
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If you're the proud owner of #20 you'll notice the big split across the top. That is awesome! Don't worry it's stabilized. I just love when the wood cracks. Some people freak out, think its ruined but I think man that crack is there because of the way the tree grew. In nature that would be the fault-line if it was to break from wind damage or snow load.