The joining of two woods is a good thing.
The individual grain of one will inevitably oppose the other, but by bonding together they discover stability and strength. Along with another species of wood, they all form a partnership that becomes greater than simply the sum of the parts. All the individual differences combine together to create one unique and beautiful addition to the other tools on the bench.
What could we as people also accomplish - locally and globally - if we would move beyond our fears and begin to celebrate our differences?
"Beware the man of one book."
St Thomas Aquinas
French style marking gauge, jatoba head and wedge with oak beam. Finish tung oil with clear shellac.
Plans and article from Popular Woodworking available here.