Hello Lumberjocks, Allow me to present my first Suiseki. I really love wood and I really love rocks so I was really really impressed by the Suiseki creations of Hybridwoodwork and Waho6o9 here on Lumberjocks. When one of my co-workers brought me this piece of granite rubble from the Crazy Horse Monument I decided to try my hand at creating my own Suiseki. I selected a slice from the trunk of a dwarf cherry tree that I had to cut down a few years ago after it died of some type of blight. I don't know what color horse Chief Crazy Horse rode and I mean no disrespect, but the minute I started working on it that song about the black horse and the cherry tree got stuck in my head. I only sanded part way through the bark to get that swirling texture effect on the sides. The finish is hand rubbed paste wax. Finished size is 8" long X 4" wide x 3.5" tall. As you can see in picture 5 my router skills need work - this was actually my first time using the router. And in picture 6 you can see the saw marks on the bottom - I may cover those up with some felt. But I am happy with the result. As my boss said "before it was just a rock - now it is more than a rock." Amazing what a little wood can do. Questions, comments and critiques are always welcome. Thanks for looking.