I've posted before about how I have recently taken up whittling. I just have to show off this beautiful before and after shot of how a bit of carving can transform a piece of wood.
It's a branch. It fell from a tree and laid on the ground until I found it. It doesn't look like anything special, but I picked it up because in spite of how much it doesn't look like much, it does have some potential. I liked the pieces that stuck out, because those always look interesing when you trim and sand them.
It was sanded and sanded and sanded again, with an increasingly fine paper from 100 to 600 grit. It was rubbed and polished with a homemade beeswax polish. Yes, it really is that shiny!!
I drilled a small hole in the top to put a little eyelet in so that a wrist strap could be added if desired. What it is is a nostepinne - a tool for wrapping yarn into neat little center-pull balls. With a wrist strap, it can also be used as a wrist distaff. The stone is a wire-wrapped rose quartz.
I'm at a loss for how to price this. It takes a lot of care to bring out the best in a piece of wood like this.