Didn't quite know where to post this, but I figured the guys who peruse this forum would be most interested... So I'm at my luthier's yesterday, where we were finishing up setting up a bass before we knock off for a few days around the holidays. Over in the corner of the shop, I notice something kind of odd... It was a wooden stake, the ~.5" x 1.5" x 4' variety, the kind used to flag utilities or hold up temporary plastic fencing near a building site. The only reason I took any note of it was because it almost appeared as if it was figured... "What's with the stake, man?" I asked. "Oh that? Yeah, go check it out," he replies. So I head over and grab the stake. GASP! It's easily some of the most beautifully flamed curly maple I've ever seen! Flawless... not a void or spec in it. Incredibly even, deep, chatoyant flame throughout... He tells me he "picked it up" one night along a road where they were doing some construction and resurfacing, and these stakes were being used as markers. "Musta been hundreds of 'em down there. All curly. All perfect." On that note... Happy Holidays!