log is mounted centrally in the lathe and turned against a razor
sharp blade, like unwinding a roll of paper. Since this cut follows
the log's annular growth rings, a bold variegated grain marking
is produced. Rotary cut veneer is exceptionally wide.
The half-log, or flitch,
is mounted with the heart side flat against the flitch table of
the slicer and the slicing is done parallel to a line through the
center of the log. This produces a variegated figure.
The quarter log or flitch is mounted on
the flitch table so that the growth rings of the log strike the knife
at approximately right angles, producing a series of stripes, straight
in some woods, varied in others.