Slippery Elm Block RE-137
2.5" x 2.5" x 14.3"
This is a nice end-grain block of Slippery Elm (aka Red Elm). It has a beautiful warmth to the wood, with color of light reddish-brown. There is a bit of lighter-toned sapwood along one face, as shown in the photos.
The grain on this piece is long and straight on two faces, gently swirling on the other two faces. There a few incipient branch buds that give a bit of chatoyance to the piece. This will look particularly nice once finished. This piece would be suitable for flat our round work. It's been air-dried to a moisture content of 10-12%.
This block has been marked down due to the presence of a few minor checks in the sapwood and a minor bit of warping that you can see in the photos. Only one appears to penetrate the heartwood, by about an inch (see photo). This is an excellent piece of wood and will serve you well.