The worry was misplaced, it sawed like butter and stayed perfectly flat and tame. And what colors and graphics!
It's too narrow for 2 piece tenor ukulele backs, which is perfect!--I've been wanting to do three piece backs for ages, inspired by my beautiful Don Musser steel string.
Here are a few of the combinations I tried, starting with bookmatched volcanoes and quilted maple between:
Opposite approach, ebony instead of maple, with chalk to simulate pale stripes between the different woods:
What about a single volcano surrounded by darker palisander from a different tree?
And tie-dye! Amazing "tiger" myrtle from the same tree as the end graft in the previous post, with the darker (volcano-free) palisander:
A different pair of volcanoes--though more like Belknap crater to the previous North Sister--and how about blackwood with a simulated sapwood stripe? You can see actual sapwood at lower left center.
Wouldn't you know it, the cruelest wood looks great. It turns the rosewood color scheme inside-out; the rosewood is mostly warm brown with picturesque black lines, the wenge is dense with black lines interleaved with subtle browns.
Back to the wood shelves--maybe some Morado, or a bit of Macassar ebony, both of which are far kinder.