Log Train Wreck
Where there was no navigable water in the area of cutting, narrow gauge trains where used to transport logs to the waterways where they then navigated down the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to the mills or taken directly to the mills by rail. As can be seen there were many pitfalls along the way. In this case the creek apparently washed away the embankment where the tracks were layed. I wonder how they ever retrieved it and if anyone was killed?
All of our Luthier material is custom sorted from the very best figure and quality wood available from our extensive inventory. After about 50 years working with figured hardwoods this is the part of my job that I enjoy the most. This is because I get to see and process the very best Nature has to offer in figured hardwoods. It never ceases to amaze me of the beauty that I see presented before me. Finding the very best material does take considerable effort and cost and I find it is not getting any easier as time goes on. Remember that each piece of material is unique....just like you....not another one in the world like it!
All of the pictures we take are with the help of artificial light and are of the actual material being sold. After doing this for over 50 years, I find that this method captures the figure best because of how the figure is embedded in the maple. We do not add any coating on the material before we take the picture. Each piece of wood has its own reflective properties so the vividness of the figure in the material will vary in each photo. Some material is unbelievably reflective which will show you great separation and vividness of figure and some not as much. In any case, all of the Luthier Stock Material is specifically chosen for its figure quality, density and vividness that separates it from the run of the mill curly maple. On an average we select about one in 100 selections of material that we have brought before us.
All the material listed below is sapwood two face, surfaced four sides and kiln dried to 6% - 8% moisture content. It is free of defects such as knots, splits or cracks and wane unless otherwise stated in the Graders Notes below. All the maple listed below is Eastern Red Maple unless specifically stated as being Eastern Hard Maple and is slab sawn unless otherwise stated.
My Guarantee To You: If you resaw a billet and you see an obvious defect such as a knot, bark inclusion or any other major defect not appropriate for accepted luthier practice, that does not appear on the outside of the material, please notify me and I will replace it at no cost to you. As I cannot see inside the material, defects do and might occur. My goal is to see that you are provided with the best material of your choice for your project and your money...this is what I do here at MapleLeaf Hardwoods....no matter what you buy!
How We Take The Pictures That Represent The Wood We Sell
At times we lighten up the background so the figure is more visible. The purpose of each photo is to show you the character and the amount of figure in the selection. All of these procedures are brought to your attention, at a greater expense and time, to help you better choose your project material.