Last term, I used ply wood to make prototypes for placing the vessels on display that I was quite happy with the result. So I continued with this idea but used a different kind of wood. Black chestnut wood gives a darker tone that I think shows much better the contrast with the objects. The rich wood grain shows off very attractive patterns from the different angles of cutting and also increases the aesthetic value.
Owing to the wood not coming in the thickness I needed, I glued two pieces of wood together to attain a desire thickness. The wood was then secured by wood clamps and left for the glue to dry overnight before turning and cut into wave shapes.
Later on, the wooden blocks needed wood filler to be applied to cover those joining lines as well as the screw marks caused by the metal brace when it was secured on the wood for lathe turning and as much time as needed allowed for the wood filler to dry. Once the wood filler dried, the wooden blocks could be sanded and any rough edges or surfaces filled.
Although after using wood stain the grain is shown better, I found that the wood retained its simple and natural beauty without using the stain.