Nice stash you got there David. I’m positive you’ll put them all to good use
I've seen this before but forgot what they called it. I don't have one of those planes to cut paper thin pieces for gluing, though. It would definitely be fun to try this!Just the burl alone is worth a pretty penny. I saw a video of a Japanese craftsman a few years ago gluing stacks of wood together and then slicing off thin veneers with a wide wooden plane and using them to cover smallish boxes. The result was amazing. I've been wanting to try it ever since I saw the video but you need a lot of different colored woods to do it like you have laying there and the only hardwood I have available is white birch. Apparently there is only one part of Japan where this type work is done and it's because they have quite a variety of trees growing there. The box in the video looked like the one in the attachment but had black, red, and green woods in it and was much more colorful than this example.
This piece? No idea. It's light as a feather and I assume it's something spalted. One piece has a high gloss yellowish finish, not sure why.Does anyone know what the yellow/black one is to the left of the burl is? What about the white/grey underneath, and the dark brown with spots in the top left corner?