Mahogany comes in many varieties and qualities. I was told mine is African Mahogany, and as with many woods, what lies on the inside of a board may be hidden from the outside. As I turned this piece to reach the depth I'd decided on, a dark stain began to appear and I was disappointed, thinking it may ruin the appearance of the wood grain. Deeper and deeper I turned the wood away, and lo and behold, a recognizable shape began to emerge.
The image of a crow running fast, stretched forward like a race horse, revealed itself and brought a big smile to my face. I guess it's true: Sometimes the greatest gifts are those unasked for!