My daughter does stained glass work and asked me to make her a frame with a "tropical look". I came up with this idea while cleaning up some scraps of SYP.
Each segment of end grain is cut to 4 1/2 degrees on both sides times 40 pieces equals 360 degrees. After numerous flip-flops of each piece to try to create a wave pattern, I glued it together with a big hose clamp. Then I made an edge band of brass and heated it up so I could shrink fit it to the frame.
The inside dia. is about 17 1/2" and outside 20". The finish is a couple of coats of Watco oil, the end grain really sucks it up, and about 5 coats of blond shellac with 400 grit wet sand between each coat.
I expect she will try something oval next... just to keep me on my toes.