Neil had a finish too! A few months ago he found a tree with a large burl on it. (a rounded knotty growth on a tree, giving an attractive figure when polished and used especially for handcrafted objects and veneers-dictionary, no me)
He polished it up and mounted it on a piece of black cherry that was lying around and I really like it. When you turn it in different directions you can see completely different creatures. Sometimes it looks like an elephant, sometimes an owl, and sometimes an octopus. I guess I have a vivid imagination! Right now it appears to be a surly alien.
Another little finish was a block for a scrappy bee. The call was for low volume and any colour you want--easy and satisfying.
Yesterday the snow was sliding off the back roof but I liked the frozen lines transferred from the tin and the extended icicles.