The tea rat I made for my dad was made of such hard wood that it took me days to get a shape out of it. So when I made my last gift for my sister, I asked the workshop dudes what the best lightweight yet dark wood was. And so I ended up with mahogany! The head and the paws are of mahogany, a really really light material, almost sandy.
Right now it's filled with cognac chocolate truffles but it's meant to be a jewelry box (with a Alice in wonderland feel).