I've had a few favorites over the years too. Red elm is near the top of the list for beautiful grain but isn't the easiest to work with. QSWO is always a pleasure. Curly maple is very pretty stuff too but is also not the easiest to work with. Ash and mahogany are both very nice, and both are great to work with. Padauk and lacewood are nice for accents or contrasts, though lacewoods tears out pretty easily. There are very few that I don't like but I tend to get bored with common woods like plain cherry, walnut, maple, birch, and oak, even though all are attractive and have their places....I see them in just about every dwelling in the northeast. I've got some nice northern PA curly cherry waiting for a project that I'm looking forward to....very pretty stuff.
I've got some butternut and chestnut that look interesting but haven't done much with yet. I've love to get some nice mesquite one of these days, but it's not too common around here.
Last edited by knotscott; 06-28-2008 at 11:59 AM.