Cutting Black Cherry
The cherry logs shown in this photo gallery were acquired from a pulp mill yard, where they were destined to be ground up for wood pulp or mulch. It's shocking to think that logs which produce the distinctive lumber shown below are routinely ignored by commercial sawmills.
(Click any photo below for a close-up view)
Finding logs like the ones in these photos are extremely rewarding. You can tell from the straight trunk, smooth bark, and relatively narrow band of sap wood that the lumber should be of high quality (left). The opening cut shown in the photo on the right confirms this speculation.
This log produced a series of boards with a dramatic "bulls-eye" grain pattern, as shown in these photos. Used in bookmatched pairs, this type of lumber allows me to create striking center panels in raised-panel furniture and cabinetry.
Finally, here's another face of this log being positioned for cutting (left). A set of bookmatched pairs is then cut from this face (right). One of the most challenging aspects of cutting premium lumber is selection of which log face will yield the best quality boards with the most distinctive grain patterns
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