Definitely not a grafted blank. This blank is pure Franquette English Walnut that was laid out so that the butt backed into the white wood of the crotch. Gene was looking for something non-traditional and he got it. I'll be showing some true graft-line sets in the near future. The graft line usually shows up as a black or close to black jagged streak through the middle of the blank with Royal, Claro or Black Walnut in the butt and English in the inlet area.
Couple properly laid out examples:
I talked with the maker this evening and he indicated that he had no problems at all working with this non-traditional blank. Excellent craftsmanship and a stunning finished product.