Spalted Sweetgum, 8 1/2" x 5" finished with Deft Gloss Lacquer. I carved the flutes with the little spoon gouge from my beginner's carving set...a ton of work. I've got about 10 hours in this piece.
I apologize for the pics but I didn't feel like setting up the light stands. I just used the camera flash, that's why the shadow.