We've sold out of most of the first batch of my new JP Woodtone saddles and have another batch in process, so I thought over the next week or so I'd show how we make 'em. This first installment is just covering the initial wood prep and sizing. In case you're wondering, I do all of these operations personally. Here goes! First we start with Ebony that has been treated with a special stabilizing process... it's called Acrylized Ebony. It has been infused with acrylic polymers both via vacuum and high pressure... two different procedures for each piece of Ebony. We also use Vera, also known as Argentine Lignum Vitae, the 2nd most dense wood in the world! We have the Ebony specially treated so as to better handle the stress introduced to the areas that are threaded with the small 4-40 stainless steel screws. The Vera is so dense it's not necessary to treat it. This stuff is even used for bearings on submarine propellers... crazy! Next the large blocks are joined and planed and then re-sawn into usable "plates". After this the plates are fed through a thicknessing sander to a specified thickness (operation not shown). With the plates now at a consistent, specified thickness they are ripped on the table saw to a specified width. This operation is always best done with ice picks and pencil erasers to control the plates and keep my fingers clear. An interesting note about this table saw - It's a 1956 Delta Unisaw that I bought from Fender when I worked there. It was one of Leo's original table saws bought from Fullerton Hardware (the tag's still on it!). Pretty cool eh? Next comes the cutting each strip to the specified length of the saddle. This is done with a cross-slide table on the table saw, using a stop block and a pencil to hold the cut-off piece in place. We want zero blow out here, so a special blade is used. After all that is done we have a bunch of precision cut pieces of Acrylized Ebony and Vera ready to move on in the process. I'll pick up there next time!