I especially enjoy using more than one type of wood in making a single piece. An opportunity to do so arose when I was commissioned to do a small side table as a gift to the head of school in Massachusetts from the members of the 50th reunion class. I started by embedding a chunk of sugar maple into an eight inch square blank of mesquite.
I then sculpted the blank to reveal the maple and placed it on a base of ironwood. The top is made from a bookmatched pair of mesquite boards with highly dramatic cracking and a curly cherry border including breadboards at either end. The piece is 16 by 24 inches by 26 inches high with a urethane finish.