I have turned and hollowed the basic vessel of the urn I am turning for my Grandson, who passed away a week ago from cancer. The shape is an oval, and I have left a lip at the bottom so I can attach a foot...but I am unsure how large that foot should be across. My thinking was to use a square foot, with the top turned to match with the 4" base of the vessel. The wood I have for the foot is Black Walnut, and is 2" thick - although it is rough on both sides so that may end up at 1-3/4" when surfaced on the bottom. My question is, how wide should I make the base so that it and the vessel compliment each other? The vessel is 9" tall and 8" in diameter, the bottom rim is 4". The wood is Spalted Maple, is more punky than I liked but it was the only piece I had that was large enough. I have been able to sand it to a very smooth surface and will use Shellewax on it before finishing which should fill in any pinholes left in the surface. My daughter also wants a darker color so I will either use dye or airbrush to add a warm walnut tint that hopefully will retain the spalting. I would really appreciate suggestions on the foot - I could turn the top to arc away below the vessel, or leave it flat. I do need to find a place on the foot for a label with his name and dates. My main concern here is proportion to the vessel itself. The top has been flattened since this photo was taken, it will have a simple dome that carries the curve of the vessel. I don't have a threader so I need to fix some way to make it a tight fit - or just glue it after the ashes are inside. Thanks for any suggestions.