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When you are trying to pick
the right type of wood for each piece, think of what you are cutting.
Is it the soft breast of a bird, rippling water or the coarse bark
of a tree. Try to make the texture of the wood you are using, appropriate
to the part you are cutting....
Use grainy woods like wenge
ash or oak for things like feathers....Woods like locust have a
higher degree of colour variation between the growth rings, and
will add a natural coarseness and texture wherever you use it.
Less grainy woods, like cherry
and basswood are better for smooth items like flower petals, or
fine feathered finches.
Bloodwood and PauAmarello
add great colour with limited texture. Walnut is a good dark wood,
with a middle of the road grain pattern, often used for wings.