Your pictures are far better than mine, Wuff (it was lovely to meet you there
every time I hit the button (so did Alistair Macintosh), so my pictures were all taken late - the irritating thing about digital cameras is they're only good for stills!
I eventually gave up
because I was missing seeing what was happening.
What I didn't miss, was noticing that when he got his kitchen chopper out on it, and started dividing the two weights in the middle of the bundle of canes, THAT was when the dome-shape of the cane pack appeared in the clear crystal he'd put over them.
He then trimmed the residue of the canes in the clear glass off, leaving himself with just the blue glass on the punty ready to make the next weight.
Given he'd pulled all the stops out to put the best possible mix of unusual canes into the close-pack, I couldn't help thinking the bit he'd trimmed off should have gone into the annealling oven - I'm sure somebody would have loved it as an oddity!