I used a piece of Manzanita for this and guess that it took around 300 hours to complete. I did have the shapeing and sanding complete once and tried tung oil as a finish and it turned a crappy brown. I hated it and figured after about 200 hours I couldn’t stop there so started grinding and sanding again. After a consultation with Sam Maloof on what finish to use that would keep it as red as possible (He suggested using only a dark tinted wax) it was time to make a base. For the base I used a piece of MDO (medium density overlay) that I had laying around shaped it sanded it laqured it sanded it rubbed it out polished and waxed it. After it was completed I brought it back over to Sam’s for critque and he did like it but suggested that the shape of the base might pull your eye away and distract from the sculpture (see the over saturated picture #2). This is exactly what my Mother had said when she had seen it, however I was sick and tired of working on this by now and left it as is. Maybe if I find a nice oval piece of marble someday i’ll change it, let me know your opinon on the base change or not?