VERY nice Bill!!
LIKE the Oval tubing mod,But pretty sure was introduced Loooong after wood spoke wheels!
Is difference in coloration just the old patina vs. the new carve?
Yes on the patina to a point. My wife's uncle liked wood working and at some point ordered what turned out to be two truckloads of wood, at least that was what was left after I carted it away when my wife's aunt said I could take it after he passed. I'm not sure where he got it all: Maple, Walnut, Birch, Mahogany, and others. almost all of it was planed on two sides and most was between 3/4" thick and 1" thick, although there were 1/4' and 1/2' pieces also. One or both edges were unfinished. He kept them standing up in an unheated garage. I hand planed the face just enough to remove the roughness and that's what you see around the outside edge.
Highpockets, that's a super model! I didn't go to that detail level on my bike since it would get lost on a 7 x 10 plaque. It was a fun model to build though.