Early exercise in exotic material. A single piece of ultra strong grade 5 titanium was hot formed into the upright shape. Exotic African Padauk wood forms the hexagonal mug holder base. The color contrast exceeded my expectations. Padauk's initial rich red color fades as it is exposed to light. It serves as a reminder to appreciate novelty and luster while you can. After a while the wood fades and becomes, as Scorpions said best, "...it's deep...and dark...down in my heart"