To begin, this is how my first project began. A four pieces of maple glued into a block. You can see the glue and pen marks where I intended to cut.
Unfortunately, this block of maple turned out to be too hard to cut very dynamically by the band saw. So, I lopped some pieces off and began to sand. Below, are the pictures of my block after I finished sanding.
Then, more photos after I finished the piece with Boiled Linseed Oil rubbed on with a rag.