This is my first real work with exotics. I chose bloodwood for the striking color and grain. I did get to experience the irritation caused by exposure to the dust which made my eyes puffy and swollen and my sinuses clogged with red dust. I had to freehand the top with my jigsaw which was a painful effort as bloodwood is very dense. The orbital arm on my aged Skil jigsaw just couldn’t take it and it ripped off mid-cut in a shower of sparks and coarse language. The sanding was just as difficult. I spent most of my time sanding the end grain to get it clear of saw marks. I used Minwax gloss poly (3 coats) and the clock piece is another from the fine people of Woodcraft of Evansville. I look forward to working with this amazing wood again and delving into more exotic species. The last photo is my first attempt at wood burning to place an insignia for my company. I do not have the hang of it yet, it takes a very steady hand. Long Live the Lumberjocks!