It's not too hard just time consuming. I start out with a 3/4" x 5" blank. I mark the center length and width wise. I then put a mark about 1/8" from the end. I mark a curve from one end to the other not crossing the center mark. Cut with a bandsaw and use Titebond II to glue in a thin piece of Walnut. Let dry and repeat the other side. When finished all four sides should have a long "Bowed" X. If there not even that's alright. Cut the blank in half at the center point, drill and turn. Just waiting on the glue to dry is the hard part. Hope this will help.