Thanks Stick, My cousin Paul just made a couple of those. as trays. I didn't quite understand the procedure until I saw this video.
There is a lot more to it than that,planning out the sequences to laying up the strips is a big part of it. This video makes it look rather simple,and the ripping and glueing is sort of basic. but getting the right thickness strips in the right sequence is the key to success.
From what I understand a fellow from Russia came up with this idea and it hit the forums like wildfire. My cousin made a computerized program in Design-Cad that you can make your design and rearrange the colors and sizes of blocks in any pattern to come up with whatever you wish.
It is very unique because it is an optical illusion. Your eye does the bending of the lines.
As was pointed out this also was a good demonstration of the "short Fence" in operation. Just recently we had a discussion about that,only in this case it was a short fence, not one that slides from long to short. As you can see the end of the fence stops just at the teeth on the saw blade. and the rip falls harmlessly onto the table top.
What a shop this guy has. Another thing I noticed was that he was running end-grain and side-grain crosswise through the planer. I have always been told that is a no-no. That is like crosscutting a board and running it sideways thru the planner. Hmmmm. Maybe I am wrong, maybe that is a drumsander?