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Simulating various kinds of wood

This is the first of many techniques I hope to demonstrate on T&T over the coming months. They are the processes I use and certainly are not the only way. I have developed, discovered,or lucked into these techniques over many years of trial and error. I think one of the questions I am most frequently asked is, "How do you create that? "That" being almost always about this or that surface, be it wood, metal, marble, stone, brick, and so on. As to wood, I never use bass wood, balsa or any other "real" wood to simulate wood in miniature. I know others do, but I have never thought my attempts, at least, looked real or believable in scale.

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