Heh. I'm not in orbit at all, apparently.
We started a bottled in bond program which we will accelerate at our new distillery here this year. One of the whiskies is a Tenn. Style whiskey, and that's the process I'm describing. We haven't released it as yet as it has a year or so to go. Sugar Maple is the only wood I've worked with in making our own char.
Mr. Bell and the boys at Corsair distillery are the people to talk to regarding various charred woods. They're doing all kinds of cool stuff out there.