No, not something left behind in the back of the cave....
I'm making a pair of white oak footstools. One is a wedding present, the other a Mother's Day gift for LOML. And yes she knows it's late. Actually it's a project we're both going to work on, as my wife is going to weave the Shaker webbing tops.
Anyway, the parts are rived from my white oak log, [which is also making my Windsor chairs.]
The photos show the progress from rived to squared [using drawknife and plane] and tapered. Then octagon, and finally a tapered round. I'm going to leave tool marks, rather than sand them completely smooth. I'm also planning to ebonize the oak, which should turn it a rather deep black.
The rungs are now octagonal, and have been drying for about a week or more in my little kiln. More on them later.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.