Yessir, the client had the wood cut and kiln dried. The sawyer contacted me about the job then they came over and talked a bit. This one has a worm trace. They will be decorative with some commemorative laser engraving.
While that's true it's not always that easy, at least for me.
I used to have a low-budget lathe. Found out the hard way that getting in too much of a hurry on some types of wood usually ends up with a trashed workpiece. Lesson learned! Aside from that, it was a lot of fun but the bearings finally went in the headstock, so the lathe went to the dump.
Nice work. Turning duplicates is always challenging.
The only petty little down side is when you get finished with the last one, there's a part of you that's sad now that you've got the process down right.
Hauled many log truck loads of prime ash logs to the Larimer And Norton ball bat mill in Russell PA years ago. Larimer And Norton is a division of Louisville Slugger--BB blanks of ash are milled there to be further processed by Louisville Slugger. The once vast stands of Ash trees are currently being decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer which burrows under the bark and girdles the tree killing it. Just another wonderful plant species being wiped out by invasive foreign pests.