I've been commissioned to carve a cameo brooch for a friend that is a re-enactor at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. She wants it finished natural. I chose butternut for the beautiful grain. It is carved from a piece originally measuring 2 1/2" x 2" x 5/8". I finished it with a light coat of satin polyurethane. I apply a coat and then wipe off all I can. I just don't care for a glossy look. Hope the customer is happy.