The last of the Mystery Rosewood
This is a very sad “first” for me - using up the last bit of a particular species of wood. I have been slowly eating away at this large piece of unidentified Rosewood... aka Mystery Rosewood. There is a precious little bit remaining - the photo above shows what is left. I do have a set roughed out for an A5 and an XSNo.4 that are not spoken for. And I still have to rough out an A1 panel from the above piece. Whatever is left over is all there is.
Below is a photo of the original piece - the one on the far right (along side three amazing pieces of almost quartered Honduran Rosewood).
Here is a detail shot of the rear infill of an XSNo.4 infilled with Mystery rosewood.
And another shot of the entire plane along with another interesting example. The XSNo.4 in the foreground is infilled with some very old East Indian Rosewood. It has been quite some time since I have worked with East Indian and it was a real treat. I am surprised East Indian Rosewood does not show up more often in old tools - it is a wonderful material.