Terry, I think the idea of the cord is a good one and it would look great too, I think. Im into primative with these cups.
The one thing about splitting Ive learned is that they all don't split, in fact, I have over 50 of them in various stages of dry and only one or two of them have split and those were the ones I tried the 6 hours in a 200 deg oven I read about on the internet.
Soon I need to plan another excursion up the river to harvest more canes before the snakes get to moving around and amorous and while the river is still up from all the rains.
I plan to make these for a long time and I think the replacement idea is a good one.
Richard, thank you so much for letting me post this stuff on here. I'll be sending you a cup to say thank you soon.