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    Default Birdseye blackwood log.

    Need some help here.
    Very hard to find any information of Tasmanian Blackwood with Birdseye figure. Plenty of fiddleback.
    I have a couple of good logs, but unsure if best way to cut them up to get maximum amount of material. The eyes go in about 100-200mm on the 800 dia. Log. (It was going to be an easy trailer of firewood&#128556
    and whats it worth? Im guessing it depends on whos is buying and for what purpose...enlighten me please 🙂..

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    Know any guitar makers down your way ? I think that type of stuff would be highly sort after, if it is processed correctly.
    ​Brad.

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    Quarter saw as much as you can
    Also very careful seasoning required...a slow cure!
    Have some Qld Maple in the shed riddled with birds-eye grain
    Very pretty wood...thanks for sharing
    Log Dog

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    traditionally blackwood is back/flatsawn for its feature. For guitar sides (finished 110mm) it is best quarter sawn. it wont be any good as tone wood or sides for guitars as the eye might pop out when bending. personally i'd backsaw it and use it for other types of furniture and the highly figured stuff for boxes and the like. You have something very special that doesn't come along very often. Choose wisely as i'd hate for you to see a piece in 20 years and say "I had a chance to get some birdseye blackwood years ago" and not have it

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    Rhys...here's some Qld Maple with birds-eye feature
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    Quote Originally Posted by Log Dog View Post
    Quarter saw as much as you can. ...
    Are you sure?

    Virtually all of the birdseye that I have seen - albeit mainly in Huon pine and myrtle - has been backsawn with a little tending towards rift sawn.

    Last year I accidentally sawed a very small flitch of birdseye Huon the wrong way and essentially minimised the figure - the birdseyes became sort of stripes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeCook View Post
    Are you sure?

    Virtually all of the birdseye that I have seen - albeit mainly in Huon pine and myrtle - has been backsawn with a little tending towards rift sawn.

    Last year I accidentally sawed a very small flitch of birdseye Huon the wrong way and essentially minimised the figure - the birdseyes became sort of stripes.
    Yep I am sure
    At least that is how I would mill it
    Log Dog

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    Birde-eye feature is not always confined to the upper layers of the bole
    Here's a few pics of an Acacia that has fiddleback and birds-eye grain
    The entire Log was figured
    Qld Maple too will sometimes bear similar grain
    As to why quarter sawn?
    Stability...back sawn grain can and does cup/twist
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    No arguments about back sawn being more stable than back sawn, LogDog, but to my untutored eye those examples look more rift sawn than quarter sawn.

    Rift Sawn.jpg

    Perhaps you could do a photo of the end grain to clarify my confusion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeCook View Post
    No arguments about back sawn being more stable than back sawn, LogDog, but to my untutored eye those examples look more rift sawn than quarter sawn.

    Rift Sawn.jpg

    Perhaps you could do a photo of the end grain to clarify my confusion?
    Hoping this pic helps you...growth rings are straight up and down...representing quartersawn grain.The entire Log was figured as I mentioned.Some riftsawn material was produced but most was quartersawn
    Been milling high quality logs for some 35 years now
    And I always chase the quartersawn grain
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