I took a really small chunk of cherry from a branch to 'completion' today. It was really small, so I put a spacer between my face plate and the blank:
it had a couple of cracks, so I just focused on the curve, doubt it will survive in the long run.
gotta love instant gratification. Yes there are a couple of tool marks. I didn't sand it, just burnished it with some shavings inside and out.