I daren’t show you a picture of blanks that I use. Often they are half a small branch sawn in half along the grain. I then ‘trim’ the flat section so that it has 3 sides and an automatic curve following the rest of the branch. Some timber, especially box, I just take a small branch and drill down the centre as there is no appreciable pith and the wood is so dense anyway.
2nd in from the right is a bit of box, sawn through the middle and the 2 sides cut off to form three sides and a curved top. Ring any bells :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I too do that quite often Phil..