These honey dippers were made from cherry wood that I milled about ten years ago. I milled slabs 2-3 inches thick and I was going to make tables and benches from it, but I have not done so yet. I resawed one of the small pieces into 1/4" planks and that is what the honey dippers were made from . Before I cut, the surface was give one coat of Tried and True finish which is a gel made from partially polymerized linsee oil (with out driers) and beeswax. It really brought out the color of the cherry wood. The celtic knots on the handle end also have cut throughs, but they don’t show well in the photo. I also made some from maple that I milled, but the cherry looks much better.