Interesting piece. A little bark, different colors between the sap wood and heart wood. I like it. Some of us might not like bark on our pieces but I've found that most of my family and friends love it for contrast and it also makes it look more natural and not like it has been machined, which we all know it has been.
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You're absolutely right, Don, the bottom should have been smaller - about the size of the collar. I always think it looks about right sitting sideways on the lathe - even though I know the mathematics are wrong - then it ends up being too big when I finish it and set it upright. You'd think I'd learn.