01-22-11 06:29.33 - Post#2277139 In response to xxDaBroxx
The way it is typically done in the custom guitar or woodworking world is to apply a dye (wood or leather, water or alcohol...doesn't really matter) like has been stated. But then you can "sand back" the wood a little bit. What happens is dark parts remain dark and the lighter areas go back to natural maple. Then you can finish with whatever stain/oil/poly concoction you want. OR you can use a second color of dye, and a third...yada yada yada.
Comes down to how much time and how much OCD you have
Definitely experiment some. I think of it as tie-dying for grown men.
That may not be quite the effect you're going for but remember the figure in the particle piece of wood makes all the difference in the world, and you can choose your own colors. That piece there is completely different than the quilted or flame that is typical of knife scales.