While in WY last summer (2012) I was given a couple lengths of Large Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata). It was way to small, about 5” dia, at it’s largest, and way too twisted, to cut into planks. So, after stripping it of it’s hairy bark, I sliced rounds or “oysters” from the larger dia. pieces.
The picture shows a 24” length of 6” wide group of oysters glued to a plywood substrate and bordered with mesquite. Eventually, the length will be cut into pieces for a small box with a lid and bottom of mesquite.
But first, the oysters will be leveled with a router plane in a sled. Then, the voids will be filled with turquoise and epoxy.
-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton