First. Picked a block of walnut. 2x2x7. Marked the ends for center
Mounted on my Rikon
Next roughed it to round
Shaping. Here I tried to minic the simple curves I'd seen on one of these in a catalog. Very easy flowing curves.
Refined and sanded. Wasn't sure about sanding after grooving. I might skip this next time.
Started the grooves on one side with a 1/4 spindle gouge. This is my one regret. I should have gone deeper and made the peaks sharper. The next one will totally be a more aggressive valley mountain look.
Still it came out pretty good. Having sharper peaks might also help with consistency. As would practice!
Friction polish. Seems almost silly seeing as it will soon stink of dirty feet...
Parting cuts and a horrible glare. Sorry!
finished piece. This was in use about 5 minutes after coming inside. Again. This project is wife approved!
EDIT: Here is attempt #3. Much more to my liking...
Notice the wife's sock fuzz...