Here's a prototype dock plank for the
"Fishing" automata. It is about 1-1/2" wide and 4" long. Since I have a fair bit of detail in some of the other components I thought the dock might look to plain if I just cut planks for the decking. I wanted things to look old and weathered as docks do.
I burned some knots, cracks, and splits with my wood burning tool and then put on a grey stain, followed by a light coat of matte finish urethane. The burnt sides of the pyrography accents the cracks nicely. I am quite happy with how it looks and intend to do all 11 planks in this manner.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.