It started last night actually. I lopped off the end of a cocobolo
board, and cut from that a section I then resawed to 7/8".
I decided to knock off the blade marks before continuing, and had to
square it up anyway, so I put my nice smoother to the wood and took off
all the blurry stuff.
Underneath was a satiny, shiny, smooth as silk wood that glistens with
silicates in the moonlight, faint traces marking the attentions of a
blade. The figure undulates through the wood, the dark lines gathering
in places to make one larger dark line for a moment, and just off to the
side of a small knot are a cluster of tiny bronze frog-eyes.
Well-defined bands of orange course through one part, and tan heights
surrounded by topological bands in another. The newly exposed wood has
more colors and contrast inside than the outer surface of the board.
This will change.
Spilling out of the mouth of my plane are creams, yellows, oranges, and
chocolate browns, almost blacks, and pink-browns. All with an oily
shine. the wood's dense and hard and feels good under the pads of my
It was too much for my little plane, though. The grain was too wild,
and there was a little tearout even though I stopped frequently to hone.
I worked over a scraper blade, filed, honed on an oilstone, burnished
the flats, burnished the edges, then turned them over. More shavings,
and the tearout began to disappear--I stopped when I was satisfied it
was. Didn't need a finish yet, I just wanted to look.
I've spray-glued some patterns on one face of the resawn board, but
won't cut that 'til tomorrow.