Well, my oldest niece graduates from HS this weekend, so I got a chance to play in the shop with some curly maple. As others have found out, it's hard to take a picture of curly maple that adequately captures the amount of figure present. Every single surface of this box has great figuring, but the pictures don't show all of it.
LOML made the cross-stitch panel, and I think it looks great on display.
The accent wood is rosewood... the highly figured mirror frame is from a small board of INCREDIBLE wild grain Honduran Rosewood. It didn't look like burl, but I have to wonder.
Finish is sprayed clear shellac, 1.5# cut for each of 5 coats, rubbed out with a synthetic finishing pad after everything had a chance to harden.
Comments/questions welcome. Thanks for looking,