The wood is cut from a Crate Mirdle tree at the side of our house. This wood is extremely hard.
After removing the bark I hand sanded with 3 different grits of sand paper. After I got it to where I
wanted it I coated it with 10 coats of Boiled Linseed Oil. After each coat set 15 minutes I went over
it with #0000 steel wool. The finish is amazingly smooth and hard.
I attached a set of .030" latex bands from Gary "FlatBand" Miller on her and there you go.
Also, I dried the wood in a microwave oven till all moisture was gone.