Not all my pieces have a metaphor - but this one was inspired by the different relationships we have with people. The yin/yang is “self”. The planet/person closest to me (represented by the most complex veneer - in this case redwood burl) is my spouse. The next ring represents my children, and the outermost ring friends and other family members.
The flip side is padauk - which has a shimmering, almost 3D look. And such dazzling color! This will darken a bit as it ages, and as it is exposed to light.