Trial runs. They don't work quite as well as I'd like, but good turning practice and I learned a few tricks while doing them. The hard part is that they have to be 100% balanced and centered. The slightest (and I do mean the slightest) deviation makes them pretty unusable. Both of these "work" after I did some tuning but I have some ideas on how to do things easier and how to improve the balance/spinnyness. Fun after work project to knock one out anyway.
This is more of the mystery wood from my friends tree. This is mostly sap wood the heart wood is somewhat darker, I believe that the color is mostly spalting as there was some bug damage above this piece in the original log I cut it out of. Finished with just two coats of wax sanded in.