I am a mechanical engineer by formal education and after 30 years at IBM, I retired to a second career in 1998 -- making pretty things out of wood. I specialize in letting the wood retain its natural features, such as natural edges (bark on or off), bark inclusions, holes, crevices, voids, and more. I do not change the color of the wood with paint, stain, or dye.
I use semi-precious stones to emphasize nature's colors. I use wood-lace carving, done by hand with a dentist's drill, emphasizing the natural figures and features of the wood.
Enjoy your wood art for years to come! Your new wood art only requires simple care to retain a "like new" appearance. Never leave the art in direct sunlight or heat for extended periods of time. Never leave the wood wet for extended periods of time. If it gets wet, dry it off. Flower vase glass tubes can be removed for cleaning as needed. Discard the rubber band. (It was just for gallery handling.)