A friend of mine who owns a millwork shop was kind enough to cut out a buch of shapes for me. Poplar, mahogany, spanish cedar, maple and a couple from a chunk of old growth cyprus I had in the basement. Now I'm snorting sawdust. I'm looking forward to experimenting with different ways to weight them and seeing how the various woods glide/move in the water. Will the action of the cedar be brighter than the maple? Or will it be deadened by possibly having to put more weight in the belly? What happens if the weight is closer to the centerline of the bait as opposed to along the belly? In time, all these questions to be answered... Then there's all that painting. I have a few things up my sleeve to try out on those slabs of wood... My saltwater friends tell me I'm crazy. I smile and agree with them.