I have finished the oak block. The cracks and insect bore-holes have been filled with epoxy, the surfaces sanded and a coat of wax applied. I work primarily with wood that has come from felled trees from wild-fires, development or simply from natural causes. This means that a given piece will have cracks, bore-holes and sometimes spalting.
Above are views of the .oak base after filling, sanding and waxing. Without the ornament in place and with. The next step will be to install the LED lighting and connect it to the power supply.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.