It started with a "stepping stone" project that my daughter did in 7th or 8th grade art class, about eight or nine years ago. It was a concrete disk with glass chips imbedded in a design she came up with of a flower and a butterfly.
It sat on the floor in my office for many years and I always thought it would somehow become a part of a project like this. It occurred to me that now might be a good time. Being sort of last minute, the design had to be simple and I think that worked out well for it. Simple is usually the best anyway, so I went with it.
I hadn't realized that the pile of Walnut I had was so clear. I wanted the most "figured" wood I could find so I was actually going through my pile looking for the gnarliest pieces I could come up with.
Here are a couple pictures that my daughter took when she was home for Christmas. I had a couple pictures too, but not as nice as these. She did a good job of catching the sunlight playing on the wood.