A custom order from a few years ago, made for USCG veteran and Norse Heathen.
The design features a US Coast Guard emblem flanked by Anglo-Saxxon knotwork. To get the contrast, I laminated a 1/4" piece of ash onto red oak. The design was then carved on a CNC machine, with care taken to set the depth of the carving to expose the oak as a background to the ash design.
The piece was then assembled, sanded, and finished with a natural oil finish. The handle is wrapped in brown leather and accented with antiqued brass upholstery tacks.