Smart and sassy, ravens have long intrigued me and have made their way into folk lore of people the world over. Ravens can be taught to speak and have a complex vocabulary of their own. "To have a raven's knowledge" is an Irish proverb meaning to have a seer's supernatural powers.
In many cultures Raven represents the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, wisdom, protection, and prophecy.
Raven is both the symbol of the sun, and the symbol of a moonless night.
They slept until the black raven,
the blithe hearted
proclaimed the joy of heaven
Figure or curl is a natural occurrence and can be found in a variety of woods. The surface of the wood shows a linear, wavy pattern that is particularly striking when finished. In some forms it is a hereditary wave pattern in the wood fibers, in others it is an effect of wood fibers being compressed by a change in the direction of growth, such as at a fork forming a new trunk or limb. Figured wood has long been used in musical instrument bodies.
Often imported from Southeast Asia, teak is grown on plantations in different tropical regions of the world. A golden to medium brown in color, it is hard, heavy, and has one of the highest levels of resistance to decay, hence its widespread use in boat-building.
Wenge is an African wood with a regular, closely spaced grain of dark brown to black color. It is both hard and heavy and works well as either an accent wood or a primary material.