One wood to consider, if you think bright yellow / dark brown would sell, is Osage Orange (Maclura Pomifera), also known as Bowdark or Bois d'Arc, if you can find a piece large enough. The stuff lasts a LONG time out in the weather. It is an excellent choice for someone who does not want to paint their hives. Watch out for those 2" thorns, though. Also, if you find any straight grained, unblemished, knotless staves over 72 inches long, please inform me via private message. I build Native American replica bows with it. Thanks!