I've been working with a few different woods lately; walnut and osage orange that I brought back from Illinois, poplar, birch, and oak from our woods, and teak that I reclaimed. Reclaimed? you ask. Why yes, reclaimed...from a vintage teak bowl. When I cut it, it smelled like potpourri!
I love seeing the differences in grain and color. In the photo below you see what the red oak looks like once it has a little bit of tung oil on it, compared to a non-oiled piece.
Below, you can see from left to right, osage orange, teak, black walnut, and red oak after they've been sanded and oiled. The osage has a pronounced yellow color that's really cool. The teak is a warm, even brown. The walnut varies from light to dark brown. Red oak has a warm golden brown color.
This is osage compared to red oak.
If you look really closely at this piece of oak in my hand you'll see a tiny shooting star. Can you see it?
Combining wood and wool has been really satisfying for me. I love the contrast of smooth and soft, hard and tactile. It really speaks to me so you can probably expect to see more of this in my work in the future.
So tell me, what materials speak to you?