Can you guess what this is?
No? Here's another view.
Still no? OK, here you go-
My cousin sent this to me as a thank you for hosting our desert get-together. He's a professional woodworker, and since he made it himself, it has special meaning to me. Cool, eh? He signed it on the back.
What? Spalted?? According to Wikipedia, spalting is any form of wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur under stressed tree conditions or even in living trees. Although spalting can cause weight loss and strength loss in the wood, the unique coloration and patterns of spalted wood are highly sought after by woodworkers.
Beautiful woodworking, don't you think? Thanks, cuz!! Linking to Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos. Check it out for great macro shots.