After the design is complete, the layers of the figure are prepared according to the desired pattern. Layers are cut to the approximate size and shape, according to the design, and then glued together to make the rough figure. Then the figure is refined to the final shape with a lathe and with sanding. The figure is then finished with up to 10 coats of tung oil, each coat hand-rubbed to produce a deep luster. A wood base is prepared from hardwood (usually mahogany), reflecting the size and shape of the figure. This base is finished with tung oil also. To complete the item, a brass rod is inserted into the figure and into the base. Lastly, an engraved brass tag is affixed to the base to describe the figure.
The available patterns allow one to customize the figure for a desired effect. Two wood types are realized with any pattern, and these are selected from [maple, ash, cherry, walnut, padauk]. Only these wood types are currently offered. They have been chosen because they are known to mill well, producing crisp edges and smooth surfaces, with very little liklihood of splitting or tearing. They are also reasonably priced, widely available, and pose no environmental or sustainability problems. Expect some deviation from the actual color and grain shown in these examples because of the nature of wood products.