Thanks, Peter. Obviously there is no secret, at least for the SOS members. You are absolutely correct, to cut such strips, you will need some mechanical tooling. One of my best tools in the shop (for now) is Byrnes precision table saw. With the right # of teeth blade and quality timber, this table saw capable of cutting really thin strips. Usually, I order blocks of the desired heights e.g. 4mm. 5mm ... and then slice the required thickness. Below is the link for Byrnes machines websiteWhat I would love to know is how you cut a block of pearwood into 0.5mm x 4mm strips. That obviously involves tools that are not in my basement. Could you share your secret with me?