Below are the oak and pecan blocks, rough-cut to accept the client's 1953 Pontiac hood ornament.
I like this oak piece for the project because it is now dry and stable, requiring only the filling of missing wood with epoxy. This is a process that I use on the majority of my works. It adds interest to the piece and makes the material whole again.
Before the pecan can be used it will need to dry - a slow process that will likely take some weeks, even in the warming summer weather. Then it will have to be stabilized because it is generally softened from deterioration that has progressed beyond that in the oak. But it is usable and will show nicely when it is dried and stabilized.
Given that the oak is ready to go and the pecan isn't, I will proceed with the oak block. The pecan can be reshaped and used for another project when it is ready.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.