At Jay V's request I am posting my display cases here
Instead of posting on Jay V's thread and hijacking it, I'll start my own.
I will start with one of my favorite woods, Leopard wood.
This wood has a unique characteristic in that after being sanded
completely smooth, and once polyurethane is applied, it "blisters" the grain in the wood.
The end grain looks like snake scales and after the "blistering" it almost feels like
snake skin. Nothing else I have worked with has this characteristic. Truly amazing.