Complementary Woods - need a source, site or book

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Forum topic by drhuntsman posted 11-23-2011 04:32 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2011 04:32 AM

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I am looking for a source or book that describes which different woods complement each other. I understand open and closed grain woods, but sometimes you want to use contrasting woods or better yet woods types that complement each other and don’t clash.

There is a true design element to this; for example would strait grained hard maple look good with strait grained black walnut? How would this look with quarter sawn white oak? How about ambrosia maple with walnut? Would zebrawood look good with curly cherry or strait cherry or tiger cherry? What if I put purple heart accents with pad auk? etc.

I know that this can be subjective, but there must be some design rules that assists with selecting complementary woods and wood types?

(my wife keeps telling me that my Navy Blue suit and chocolate brown shoes and red argil socks don’t work)

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