I can't find any other examples of mokume gane 'grain' matched to that of timber. That's what I've done here. It was my first proper go and the metal grain lines were a little thin. I am however pleased to have been able to chisel a pattern, however simple, through silver and shibuichi, that I cast, rolled, fused, beat, rolled and beat again! I'm in love with the possibilities of this technique and have plans for more soon.
Here the piece of ash was stained with vinegar and iron, before oiling with linseed, all after the metal work had been in laid. I was very pleased with the mokume gane grain color match, after about eight goes in the rokoshu pot!
My control freak wants to do perfect gold and shakudo next. Watch this space : )