This piece of wood looks like a bad day at the workbench; knots & cracks enough to really test one’s abilities. I put it here to show that the recent posts I had about riven radial stock are the “best-case” scenario…but when you have no first-quality “stuff” then you use what you have available. Just to show it can be done, here is the front of the photo above.
So Nathaniel wondered the other day, what use is the flatsawn board I pictured earlier; I say if you have no better, then use it. It will be more difficult, and require more care, than riven stock. But it’s workable. then when you get some nice riven stock, you’ll have something to compare it to.
Here’s a flatsawn white oak panel I carved.