this is the first inlay that i learned on. i took a class at the local woodcraft store back in 2001. It took about 3 hours to complete, and it helped me make up my mind that i needed a better scroll saw then the one I had. I can't remember all the types of wood we used to make it, but i know that we used some oak, walnut and mahogany with a maple background. the finish is a couple coats of wipe on poly. this started the bug for making many more inlays.