This one is black cherry, probably crotch wood. There's some beautiful flame and curl in the wood. It's about 5" x 5", and I wanted a weighted bottom, so the walls start at about 1/8" thick at the top, tapering to 1/2" or so at the bottom. The foot's about 3/4" thick. It has a comfortable heft to it...everybody who's held it seemed to like the balance. Finished with Formby's Tung Oil finish. The local hardware store was out of Antique Oil, so I tried the Formby's stuff. I really like it a lot. This piece was given two coats, then buffed and waxed. The next day, I saw a spot where I'd buffed through the finish, so I stripped the wax off with mineral spirits and added one more coat of finish. One more very light buffing with white diamond, then hand-rubbed with Renaissance Wax. The pics don't quite show how glass-like it looks in person. I need to make some diffuser boxes or something similar for my lights.
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Comments and critiques are welcome.