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Sep 27th, 2018 at 9:29am
 
Most woodworkers know what "the tree" refers to.
I Just noticed that Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register has acoustic guitar back & side sets for sale. (you need deep pockets)
The tree is gorgeous wood and from what I've learned, makes a great sounding guitar.
I just thought I would pass this along for any luthiers out there. Obviously there is a limited quantity of wood remaining from this storied tree.
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Reply #1 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 3:56am
 
Other than the obvious definition, I don't know what "The Tree" means.

I've got a feeling that this post is going to make me look pretty silly.
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Reply #2 - Sep 28th, 2018 at 8:51am
 
I don't think you should feel silly, if you don't know, you don't know.

Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register is a bit of the story from one site.
You can "google" the legend of the tree and find plenty of articles.

The "story' does tend to vary a bit depending on who's telling it but doesn't change the main theme.

"In 1971, a local sawmill manager heard the rumour of a highly figured gigantic Mahogany tree stuck in a ravine. A mill approached Robert with an offer to recover the tree from the jungle. Robert convinced a crew of workers to go into the jungle and bring home the tree. The crew quartered the two halves with chainsaws and dragged and trucked all eight pieces through 100 miles of jungle to the river. The quartered logs were sawn again and pushed into the river and floated 70 miles to the nearest mill, an old British steam powered operation.

Once the tree was opened the crew knew why they had worked so hard recover the wood. The log was revealed to be the rarest of all figured Mahoganies, technically known as “blistered” or “quilted.” The cause of the grain is not known but is considered a genetic defect.

Novack carefully supervised his crew and over the course of 12 days the tree was milled with the best cut possible being the objective every time. Lumber in this capacity is measured in a “board foot” which is 144 cubic inches, 12 x 12 x 1. Novack milled 12,000 bd foots out the tree and only one third of that was quilted. The other two thirds were wavy or ribbony  and a blend of quilting with ribbons.

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Reply #3 - Sep 29th, 2018 at 5:44am
 

Wow, great story and really beautiful wood.
Thanks Ed.

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Reply #4 - Sep 29th, 2018 at 11:14am
 
IMO, the version of the story on the Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register is a bit more in depth. It also has some cool photos from the time of harves/milling.
I had thought that every woodworker, not just luthiers, had heard a version of this story. It seems to have some mystique about it that just sticks with you.  Undecided
Glad I could pass it along
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Reply #5 - Sep 29th, 2018 at 8:38pm
 
How would one know that the tree (or any tree) is figured?
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Reply #6 - Sep 30th, 2018 at 11:33am
 
Short answer is experience and dumb luck
From the StewMac article
"His experience with other figured hardwoods led him to believe this specific tree could be quite unique. At the time, he would have had no idea just how unique The Tree truly was."
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