When we put a log on the bandsaw there’s always a decision to make about what the first cut will be. This first piece sawn for purely practical reasons, making a flat surface for the rest of the log to sit on the dogs* safely and securely without rolling around.
We are bound by the laws of sawmilling to think about how our customers will use the wood from the logs we saw so we make our choice based on the best possible use of the log and sadly, that requires a sacrifice.
Will it be best as 41 or 65 mm for joinery use or should it be 54mm for worktops and table tops?
Tom studies the logs, often whilst they’re still standing, in fact even better if they’re still standing because he can see how they’d stood, get the soil in his hands, check the direction of weather and the gradient of the land.
So he makes his decisions. There’s always a sacrifice. These ‘sacrifices’ are what you see before you.
The extraordinary, never to be repeated, once in a lifetime, first cuts.