Artist Valerie Berlage sources her wood pieces from other woodworkers in the area. The individual pieces go through a lot of preparation to become the beautiful, smooth components of her works of art. A typical piece has 1 coat of primer, at least 5 layers of paint, and a whole lot of sanding. A finish of wipe-on polyurethane is applied (3 coats, and steel wool in between), and then a final coat of a paste wax (wipe on, then buff off). Finally, the piece is assembled and epoxied down to a substructure. A labor of love!