Hey Gang. I have a cousin down in Quebec that has a massive Black Walnut tree on his front yard. When I say massive, I mean MASSIVE. Exhibit A: One Massive Black Walnut 15 or so years ago, he had a substantial branch come down in a big storm. Fortunately it missed the house! My cousin is a woodworker so he processed the limb down into as much lumber as he could extract. He asked me if I wanted any, but I wasn't doing any woodworking at the time so I passed. What he did do was give me a couple of small logs that he said I could keep for future small projects. These chunks have been sitting in my garden shed out of the sun and rain for 15 years, so hopefully they are good and dry by now. Given that the wood has some history for me as I've know this tree since I was 5 years old, I'd like to process these chunks down into some knife scales to be used on my first knives. If I have any success at all, eventually I'll make a knife for my cousin with some of his wood as a handle. My question is should I just keep things simple and rip the pieces along the grain, or is there a particular way to process down a log to maximize the cool factor by making the grain look good? Here are some pictures of the two pieces: Piece #1 - no knots, but it has a few cracks that I'll have to work around. Piece #2 - 2 knots, but no splits that I can see. The second piece is about 4" wide at the narrow part and about 5" wide at the wider end. I don't have a band saw and the table saw is at the cottage, so I'll be going at this with a hand saw to get it cut down into manageable pieces. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers from Gary the Noob!