Finally finished up the first two:
And just in time as it seems our friends are all having babies at once.
So I’m trying some others and practicing on the lathe. The two dumbbell shaped ones below are similar to the above two. Still need to be sanded and finished. I read about painting / staining with food coloring so I think I will try that with the lighter one.
I also bought some walnut and birch dowels, cut them and hollowed them out with the router. I then filled them with dried rice and beans and glued them up. Next is shaping, sanding and patching any gaps on the seams.