The following tutorial is the engish version of the tutorial written by chrisdesign published by him (coco) on inkscape-forum.de. There is also a Portuguese translation of the tutorial on the inkscapebrasil forum.

This is a very quick and easy tutorial.

First, choose the calligraphy tool (draw_calligraphic.png)

The most important setting to get correct here is the “thinning” set it to about 0.30

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Now, draw your “woodgrain” pattern. (make sure you only draw 1 line with the calligraphy tool to create this pattern.)

wood1.png

Now, draw a rectangle of your background colour, and duplicate the rectangle (rightclick>duplicate)
Select one of the rectangles and the woodgrain pattern, and choose path>intersection.
You should end up with one path of woodgrain and one of background colour.

wood2.png

All that is left is to play with colours and various after-effects:

wood3.png

chrisdesign has used this technique in creating his drawings of “Gibson” guitars.
(yes, these images are for real, fully drawn by chris using inkscape…)

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Chris has also done another tutorial in this series, where he uses this same tecnique to create a brushed steel effect, so keep your eyes peeled for that one…

Links and Resources:
http://twiki.softwarelivre.org/bin/view/InkscapeBrasil/TutorialTexturaDeMadeira 

http://www.grafikdesign-chris.de/

http://www.inkscape-forum.de/