I'm just completing a batch of high angle smoothers in Lignum Vitae (Palo Santo). It's amazing how much this wood darkens on exposure to sunlight, you can see my jack plane which has gone a very very dark green. I love this plane, left straight off the band saw just as James Krenov advocated. I have always finished off the planes I sell, as I figured the natural look wouldn't sell too well!
I had a request for an unfinished one recently which was nice and the work saved also reduced the cost by £20.