This hollow vase is perfect for those “flowers” my grand-daughter brings me. The wood is hard maple that has been hollowed from the bottom and then plugged with a matching piece of wood. The small hole in the top is drilled to connect with the hollow interior. The wood is sealed with 2 coats of de-waxed shellac. Java Gel Stain is dabbed onto the surface at an angle with a piece of ribbed T-shirt to give a subtle spiraling effect in the surface stain. The pattern is cut into the wood using an ornamental lathe (which I built myself). The final finish is sprayed on (Deft Semi-Gloss Clear Wood Finish). Size is 4.25” tall x 3” diameter.