This spoon started out as just some fun piece to carve at lunch. The turtle came after the spoon was done and it just seemed like something was missing. The Redbud is touch and go. I found the branch on the side of the road. Some places are nice and firm and others can be broken by hand. Not sure if it is just my piece or Redbud in general. Some reading reveals that Redbud is soft, so really not ideal spoon material. Anyway, this really turned out nice. It will be a gift to my son who turns 13 soon and requested something related to turtles which he collects. The underside is also carved, but I forgot to take a picture of it. My camera is very frustrating.