A crystal goblet is heavy in the hand, a goblet of clay, likely even heavier. Not so, the goblets I have been making. In wood, a thickness of 1 millimeter (1/32 of an inch) is possible for the cup of a goblet, and the weight of a goblet, as little as 10 grams (half an ounce). Two of the goblets shown below, turned from relatively small limbs, have retained their bark around the rim -- a real challenge for turnings that thin. Several show the effects of the shape changes, the tilt of a cup, the wiggle of a stem, which can occur during the drying process. About half of the examples below have two rings around the stems. These rings are formed in the process of turning the stem. The ringed goblets are often given as ceremonial gifts for weddings and anniversaries.
Click on the images below to see them in detail (including species of wood and dimensions of the piece).