The first round of coasters are complete - they have been sanded, stamped, stained, and varnished. There are ~35 of them. I also carved two more stamps, a hawk and a tulle elk. I had some trouble with the elk, one of his front legs looks a bit peg-like. I'm considering cutting him down to just a bust.
While on a run I discovered a beautiful branch in someone's trash. I believe it is Japanese cherry. It's significantly heavier than the pine I've been using. I'm looking forward to seeing how different it is to work with hardwood. I think the cuts will be more difficult but cleaner which means a lot less sanding and a lot less clean-up.