Most pieces take about 40 to 60 hours of shop time, but the more complex patterns can take twice as long. Time spent in designing and drawing is in addition to that. Most pots consist of from approximately 150, to more than 500 individual pieces of wood. Woods are used both domestic and imported hardwoods. Generally the more colorful woods are used for the designs while the more common woods are used for the body of the pot. No paints or stains are used – the finish being clear varnish followed by a hard wax.