So, it turns out part of the reason my big saw wasn't working too well was it was very slightly bent. slowly working out where to hit.
I did give it a sharpening, it works much better than before.
So, here's some lovely spalted maple, to make a sumitsubo or a chalk line out of, depending on what I settle with. Leaning towards chalk.
I was done carving the chalk well when I realized my mistake.
Spalting is created when fungi jump into wood and start the rotting process. The black lines and really cool discolorations are all from fungi. The black lines are actually barricaded tunnels, believe it or not.
Now, in most areas, people try there best to get a wood to spalt. In Rochester, we are the perfect climate for spalting, it seems. To kill the fungus and prevent even more spalting, the fungi needs to be killed. This is usually done by drying the wood, or if your in a rush and just need a billet, sticking the piece in the oven at 120.
Our oven doesn't go that low, and Dad isn't a fan of putting fungus-ridden wood into the oven.
So I got a fire going, let it die, then I rounded up all the spalted pieces I would possibly want, and started cooking em.
This one is really nice, I was surprised to see a pink color. I don't think its the cherry, as our cherry tree that died and was taken down was thinner than this log, and didn't have straight grain to boot. I wonder if the pink is all from the fungus.
So, to start work, I made kerfs with my willow saw, then chiseled out the rest.
I then drilled two holes and use my new keyhole saw to cut between them, and started carving with the spoon plane and my ever-present Mora knife. I can't decide on what carvings to put on it, I don't have any gouges so it'd be a bit tricky.
It's going to be fun, using all this spalted wood, it really is fun to work with and it has such a distinctive look. Now to make the little wheel thing and the pin, and get some string. My brother Mike said to use jute cord.
I am hoping to get a maebiki oga saw and start making my own lumber, either that or try to figure out how to use a big pit saw/frame saw one handed. Here's hoping, I tried winning one lot but I ended up getting beaten by ten cents.