I am really, really, really not trying to impress anybody with the wood. The only reason I’m working on it at all is because it seems to be such a distraction from the desk items, which I am working on. It’s all procedural, so the wood may never look as good as wood done from a UV mapped photo or painting of wood.
I’ll play around with the lighting to see what the deal is on the ink bottle shadow. I suspect that the refraction through the glass, though, is cancelling out the ‘second shadow’ of the ink, and the only hard shadow is going to be the overall outline. We’ll see, when I get a chance to play with it some more.