My first take was too busy, muddy and lacked contrast.
I decided to take what was working and go from there. I definately wanted to keep the Navajo mountain pattern in the Bubinga. Here is where the project is at the moment because – that’s all I have. ;)
I’m not going to use Oak. All of the lighter colored wood will be cherry. I’ll be adding a paduak border a bit later. I may be addidng in some peruvian Walnut (Never heard of such a thing until today.
Next step? Cut the Fill the gaps and add a 2 inch frame from stock of Cherry.
I’m a lot happier now that I decided to work on the piece a little at a time. Instead of conserving every square inch of wood, I’ll have a few more off-cuts in favor of a neater finished product. It will be something I can live with and enjoy.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!