My Mother-In-Law, Fern Weber, was a well known woodcarver in the Kansas City area. When my Father-In-Law Walter retired, he and Fern took up woodcarving. They had a booth at the Renaissance Festival for many years. Fern became known especially for her wood finishing, and she taught woodcarving at Woodcraft and at Paxton Lumber. At Paxton she was often the first to look through new wood shipments and pick out choice pieces.
My wife Susan and I live in Boulder, Colorado. After Fern passed on, we made a number of trips to Kansas City in our old van to clean out prepare the house for sale. Walter and Fern had lived in the house since 1960, so this was a considerable project. During these trips, we found wood everywhere, the garage, shed, family room under the couch, in bedrooms and closets, the attic, and even in the bathroom. When we were done we had about three truckloads (half the garage filled). We sold some to members of the local carving club, hauled some to Boulder to sell in garage sales, and eventually had the remnants hauled off as firewood (ouch).
Among this wood we found two remnants from the famous quilted mahogany tree. They are just over 3/4 inch thick (planed both sides), with conservative dimensions of 5.5 X 46, and 11 X 28. The longer piece has a very tiny hole through it, probably natural. The hole is about midway, and less than 3/4 inch from the edge. I am attaching pictures, and the hole shows up as a little black dot.
I am wondering if the wood can be split into two thinner pieces. If so, there is probably enough here for a guitar back and sides. I am interested in if anyone has any thoughts about this, and also about the wood's value.