Might as well post my results after reaching the end of a new lesson.
Segment 87. Introduction To The Mapping Node was incredibly informative.
It appears that working with Nodes can be a career unto itself? A very important phase in the development of a useful render. Seems you could go for days trying to decide what looks best but you have to park it somewhere, alas so I did. lol
I chose the figured mahogany, has a nice look to the board. Rotating and scaling in the Mapping Node was a good introduction to an apparently deep subject.
My XYZ rotations in the Mapping Node were in the negative numbers slightly, is this a bad idea or in the end is it just how il looks?