I've been making handles for different knife blades.  Working on handles allows me to explore
properties of different types (species) of wood.  Each species has its own grain, texture, color, etc.
Knife Handles / Wood
Amboyna
Burl
A very beautiful
wood from S.E. Asia
     
     
       
         
Claro
Walnut
This wood is from
Northern California
  Gabon
Ebony
Between dark
chocolate and black
   
         
Walnut
Dark brown wood
from North America
  Macassar
Ebony
Mix of browns
 
     
         
Curly
Maple
Amazing figures that
run perp to grain
  Cocobolo
This wood is hard
 
   
 
         
Other
I forgot which wood
this is.  Ebony plugs.
  Bocote