When you rive open a log you never really know what you're going to find. This was inside a lump of Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) that I cracked open this morning.
On contact with the air the colours oxidise very quickly to a dull browny grey.
I'm going to use the clean wood to rough out some rolling pins with the kids tomorrow and Thursday at Countryside Live but I'll work the heartwood up into some much needed stock and hopefully the colour will come back when I oil it.
This was from a load of logs I got from my mate Tony which included Cherry, Red Oak, Box and London Plane (Platanus) - cheers for that. Sometimes you wonder if you're going to find any fresh and interesting wood . . then loads turns up all at once. Also got some really nice Ash logs from a Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust site when I did a workshop for their volunteers last week. It's a feast or famine situation.