Cherry is Here, and Different, Again.

Thank you for stopping by.

I have, again, Cherry for the large carvings. I also again face the beautiful reality that every carving, even those based on the same design, is unique.

Why?

Especially in the large sizes, the slabs are fairly rare. There are only a few saw mills in the US that cut and stock wood of the size I need, and they don’t carry “lumber” of those sizes. Instead, I buy a slab or flitch, typically with live edges. These are not of uniform width, aren’t closely cut to size, and the thickness seems to change with the day.

Further, the standard for measuring thickness seems rather loose. In the case of finished lumber, the thickness is the stated thickness, minus 1/4″. So, 5/4 lumber measures 1″ thick. 6/4 lumber measures 1 1/4″ thick.

With Slabs and flitches, it varies. Sometimes 6/4 material is 1 1/2″. Sometimes it is thicker, and needs to be planed to the thinner size. Sometimes, it is thinner, closer to the 1 1/4″ of finished lumber.

How does this affect the carvings?

I adjust the design to suit the wood, perhaps by cutting deeper, or changing angles. I think I will also start cutting the designs to match the width, rather than staying with a common size. This opens the design possibilities, but makes it more difficult to describe what I can make. Expect to see some changes in the store to reflect the variety.

If you are inclined, send a note or comment.

— Carl