Due to its shape, this has been dubbed "The Onion".
This piece is spalted hackberry, about 4 1/2" wide by 3 1/2" tall. The wood was very punky, so there is more tearout on the inside than I'd like, and it got a little thin in spots (as you can see in the last picture). Also, because of the varying softness of the wood and the amount of sanding needed to get the outside smooth, the surface isn't truly round. There are high and low spots that aren't real visible, but apparent to the touch. Finished with several coats of dewaxed shellac, re-sanded, then multiple coats of Antique Oil and buffed. Not one of my better pieces, but still OK, and a good learning experience nonetheless.
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Comments and critiques are welcome as always...