As many of you know, I'm still trying to figger out which end of some of these here turning tools to hold! I'm very well entrenched in "flat world" but occasionally take a short break to re-focus for a while.
Anyway, I had seen something similar to the 'thingie' in the photos while LOML and I were on a getaway weekend a couple of weeks ago. She didn't get to see the item I saw because it was in the men's room at an 'antique' store.
A few days ago, I walked out to the firewood stand and grabbed a hunk of wood a little less than 3" across and about 18" long. I cut the ends a little flatter and stuck it on my lathe to see what would happen. After going back to it for a few minutes several times over a couple of days, this is what happened.
It looks a little better like this:
Final size is 2.75" wide at the base and 8.5" tall. I sprayed a couple of coats of shellac over the whole piece, then put several more on the bare wood portion.