Here's a unique bolo slide featuring a scalloped oval base piece made from oak, joined with epoxy to a cabochon fashioned from polished mesquite. After shaping the cab, I hand-sanded it first with 100 grit paper, then 220 grit, 320 grit, 400 grit, and finally 600 grit paper. Since mesquite is such a hard wood, it polishes up silky smooth. Tiny fractures and voids are common with mesquite.. possibly due to the strong desert winds that often buffet the branches over the years... and they add to the natural character of the wood. In the right light you can spot a couple of these on this piece. The entire slide was sealed with three coats of gloss polyurethane and allowed to cure for two weeks, after which I made a final pass with #0000 steel wool to create a glass-like finish. I completed the slide by attaching a brass disc back, which allows the wearer to mix-and-match the cords to suit his or her tastes.