I sometimes carve interlocking hearts from a single block of wood, as wedding presents. In this case, I think the wood came from an off-cut of a lovely looking banister rail that we used to make a leg for a folding desk on a friend’s narrowboat. It’s got a beautiful rich colour, and I’d be interested to know how it oxidises over time – I suspect it’ll get redder than the fresh-cut colour.
Presentation can be an interesting problem. In this case I part-polished a shard of oak, recovered from decades of burial in anoxic stinky creek mud and naturally stained. Beautiful stuff, takes an incredible polish. A buttery ribbon, and it’s all ready.