I would like to share my latest effort with forum members. The topper is stripy gum and the stick is river oak. Spacer is buffalo horn of course. I gave the bark a light sand and took the branch cutoffs right back to bare. Used Carbothane to seal.
The stick has aged only 3 months (we'll see what happens there). Note the pics were the right way up before attachment!
Anyway, here it is...