Been playing around with the lathe I posted about before Christmas.... I had a chunk of a Birch limb from a tree in my son's yard.
With a piece of Walnut for a lid, I hollowed the lid as well, Trying a few techniques. Just playing around learning to use my new toys, the lathe, new chuck, etc.
Total piece is about 3" tall and 3+" wide... less than 1/8" thick in most areas. Can you see the crack? CA glued it back together. Before the several coats of wipe-on Poly & final rubbing with Rottenstone & Mineral oil.
Got a couple of other jewels on the lathe (waiting) but I really need a curved tool rest. I got the 3/4" bar and 1/2" cut to size, will bend the 1/2" but ran out of wire for the MIG and have to pick some up to weld up. Making 4 sizes & shapes for future endeavors.