Originally Posted by neilG
Thanks. Does that apply to larger pieces like backs? The longer the flames the more of a true quarter cut?
You can get "flame" type figure from being more of a true quarter cut on some boards and on others it is, for a lack of a better term, part of the genotype. Some boards display flame, figure, or curl in every direction and cut, like curly hair; you can see it all the way through to the bark on the outside of the tree. This tends to be the most beautiful but also the most structurally weak- the grain goes in all kinds of twisting, turning directions. Personally, I'd rather have nice clear well quartered wood with no flame or figure, but the market prices get three times as much for the same instrument with lots of bling!
A friend of mine likes to describe overly figured woods like blister quilted maple: it's like going to a girly bar and falling in love for all of the wrong reasons....
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