My wife and I participated in a small local Christmas craft sale over the weekend. I made a few clocks to bring along. Above is a white oak piece.
This one is made from Spalted Maple. Spalting is the beautiful multi-coloured effect found in the grain of Maple from a certain mould when the wood is still drying. It creates a stain pattern which gives the wood unique character.
It's always a surprise when you cut into the wood. Beautiful.