A friend called this the Cindy Crawford goblet. I like that!
Actually, not much of a mystery—it’s nothing more than pine. But I painted it black and then removed much of the color; the hard and soft alternating grain accepts the paint differently, creating a striking contrast. I left extra wood at the bottom, making it fairly heavy which also lends itself to being some sort of exotic wood. Nope; just ol’ pine.
I found a pepper shaker at my son’s house, so I made a matching salt shaker out of contrasting spalted maple. The black lines are a result of fungus attacking the wood.