A gift for friends, who struggle to keep their dice on the table. This is a remake of an older design, you may have seen it here:
The centerpiece of the design is an inlay of the D&D logo in nicely contrasting padauk. It’s always hard to capture how striking this is, the chatoyancy of the padauk makes the inlay really stand out. 
Click here to see the contrast to untreated cork from the same mat in progress
Here is a portion of the same mat I cut from laid on top of the rolling surface mid-dye job. It’s still wet and is a bit darker than the final result, but you can see how much it changes the look of the mat.
It’s good from all angles. As with any giftworthy project, I took my time and sanded well, finished carefully and doublechecked all my work. Of course I know where all the flaws are, but I’m pretty happy with it.
I used water based leather dye that I diluted pretty heavily. You could do it with almost anything really… diluted paint would work, as would coffee or kool aid or cola. Any colored water based liquid would do it.
I used model paints on the first one, it’s documented here: