Curly Maple Keychain

One a scale of 1-10, how do you feel about light wood? 

My feelings are mixed. I like light wood for dramatic purposes, like curly maple and zebra wood. Pine bores me aesthetically, although it's functionality makes up for what it aesthetically lacks.

Ever since M and I started hanging out years ago, he talked about wanting to learn how to word work. So a few years ago, I bought him a hand carving kit. He's been wood working ever since! His favorite, however, is actually the finishes, stains, and dyes. 

Stay tuned in, because our goal is to blog the finish and stain 'recipes' and techniques for the different wood types in the coming days/weeks/months!

Today, however, I wanted to showcase this key chain M made. He bought a medicine tube kit then hand carved the curly maple pen blank.

Look at that depth and shine!! I love how, when I move it back and forth, it shimmers and changes colors from light to dark and back again!

To obtain this gorgeous sheen, M started with a water base dye. After it set, he sanded it down, and coated it with shellac.

Hopefully I'm not the only one here impressed with the layers and depth that wood finishing show cases!

Is there any wood you immensely enjoy aesthetically after a good coat of stain and/or finish?

Thanks for checking this out, I hope you have a great day!



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