I have had several questions about how different species of wood look. I am in the process of putting together information to assist in answering the question. I have some of the information published on my web site at http://2themountaineer.com under the Menu heading of Wood Information and article Wood Species. Below photos shows a hickory pizza peel ready for the finish to be applied and after the finish was applied.
Amazing how the finish brings out nature’s beauty.
Be safe and enjoy the holiday season.