O.K. I think I've found some wormy poplar I may look into using! First thing I noticed is it was a center cut slab with a tight pith. I ripped it in half and the quarter saw is pretty good. It is old and has some wonderful staining, then I notices it had been bug bit..... but looking closer it has the worm holes pert near straight across. I don't think I will have issue with vertical grooves..... I'll look into trying out my (new to me) resaw Saturday morning and this is the first stock in line. Yes I will take lots of images.