These surprised us. We were stunned at the beauty of what came out of these crossties.
The gum (top pic) has a flame like appearance. The hickory (two middle pics) has its well-known dark and light striations and an interesting bit of bark seam. The hackberry (bottom pic) has thin dark thin lines coursing through it.
Once we get these down to a finished product, the colors and graining are going to be something truly amazing to behold.
Hmmmm. Now what shall we make from these? Let me know if you have a suggestion.