Japanese Oak (from an old Kanna) on the left.
Holm Oak (right) from one of 2 boards I have had in the workshop for a year.
It just so happens this piece is about right for Mk2 (!) on the spokeshave.
It planes really cleanly, feels denser than Japanese Oak,
and it is very heavy too.
Holm is an ancient word for Holly - it is an evergreen Oak.
Now I have a little experience here (not much)
so will start to share my top tips for Japanese Spokeshave building.
1. A rectangle is best, this is 33x22mm (I have a thing about numbers)
2. Stay approx 2mm from the line when preparing the bed (to a flat line)
3. The curve is pared in slowly when the blade is tapped in a little at a time.
When I get making again I will show this in more detail.