The Fiddleback Tree

Posted on October 05, 2016 by WT Hibdon | 0 Comments

In June of this year, while looking at Mahogany logs on a sawmill yard in southern Mexico, I noticed that a Mahogany log, still tree length, had a piece of the trunk broken off to reveal a very nice fiddleback figure. We bought the tree and moved it to the yard of our main supplier. There we were able to examine the tree more carefully and were overjoyed with what we found. A big Mahogany tree 34 feet long, 24 inches in diameter at the small end and 39 inches at the butt. The tree was cut into five logs, each 6-1/2 feet long. Every log showed the most intense fiddleback I have ever seen in my 50 years in this business. The figure ran all the way to the center of each log. After careful quarter sawing and kiln drying we made 398 back & side sets, 81 neck blanks, and various pieces for binding, etc. We are calling this  "The Fiddleback Tree". Although, not as large as the famous, "The Tree" and showing fiddleback rather than quilted figure, The Fiddleback Tree is every bit as rare and beautiful.


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