a good friend is turning 70 end of the month and loves to cook. she asked that no gifts be given but, too bad. so i decided to make her a salt cellar that ill also provide some flake sea salt from the oregon coast. this was turned from a block of silver maple that i got from my good friend mark wilson on LJ'S, sadly i sent him an invite but have not heard from him. when he moved he invited me to take some wood he had been saving. problem was it was stored outdoors and has a bit of a termite problem. i ended up putting most of it in the fire place. this block had some minor spalting and some live termites ! i think i got em all out. any left are encased in ca glue. the finish is one coat of GF arm r seal and several coats of satin lacquer. the bottom has rubber so it doesn't slide around. size is 4" tall 4-1/4" diameter. and the cherry on top is a finial turned from my fav. cocobolo !